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The Gospel Messenger 



ci of the Kingdom shall be preached 
"the whole world.'-Matt. 24: 14. 



Vol. 77 



1 THY KINGDOM COME " — m««. 6: io ; Luke n, 2 
Elgin, 111., January 7, 1928 



the fulness of Christ. "-Eph. 4: U. 



the stature of 



No. 1 



In This Number 



Editorial— 

"As for Me," 

Marks of the Genuine 

When Religion Finds What It Seeks, ... 

Wonder, Worship, Work, Wait 

Among the Churches 

Around the World, 

The Quiet Hour (R. H. M.) 

Forward Movement — 

The Men's Work 

Tithing Testimonials 

General Foruin— 

Four Winds (Poem).-By H. A. Brandt, 
Flashlights From History.-No. 6. By J 
Industry Here and There. By C. H. Sb 
Repent and Be Baptized. By J. H. M 
"Making Home Like Heaven 
What Men Live By. By Earl M. Bow 
Testing (or Faultlessness. By John 
The Kingdom o( God in the Country. 
The World and the Word— Part 2. 
On the Mountain. By D. D. Thomas, - 
Stewardship. By Leander Smith "... 
Sunshine and Shadows. By Estella How. 



). S. Flory, 
nberger, .... 



By David F. Warner. 
y Quiney Leckrone. . 



Pastor and Feopl' 

A Dedi 



■ 1CC for Children. By J. Perry Prather. . . 
1 Suggestions for Improving Our Church, belt 

"and Added to by Frank B. Myers, 

Four Things Needful. By Homer Caskey 

Home and Family— 

Grief's Master (Poem). Selected by Anna Lesh 

Children's Motives. By Lula R. Tinkle, 

Work Is a Pleasure. By Grace H"Kord, .... 

A Girl's Work for God. By Maud Mohler Tr.mmer 

Tt^-rWhoMake^Hef^morrowsE^y By Geo* 
Tuttle 



. . . ED ITORIAL. 

" As For Me " 

One Sunday evening not very long ago we heard an 
old-fashioned preacher preach an old-fashioned sermon 
from an old-fashioned text. You would expect from 
an Episcopal bishop before a Sunday evening club 
something more modern in flavor than " as for me and 
my house we will serve Jehovah." But that coura- 
geous word of old Joshua is what we got. and straight 
from the shoulder at that. Bishop Anderson is that 
kind of an upstanding man. And the wholesome ring 
of his simple sentences solid with rock-bottom truth, 
; it was heartening to hear in this frivolous, jazz-minded 
age. 



The strongest part of the sermon was the second 
division in which the preacher showed up in vivid 
colors the tendency of our times to crush out individual 
conviction and initiative and depend for progress on 
societies, committees and clubs. To decry the value 
and need of organized effort would be madness and 
the sermon recognized this, but it deplored the readi- 
ness with which we allow the organization to do our 
work not only, but also to shape our opinions. Life 
can be institutionalized to death, that is, to the destruc- 
tion of the very thing for which all religious institu- 
tions exist, the perfecting of character. That is the 
danger that threatens, and it is not an imaginary 
danger. 

Against this danger the fine words of Joshua are a 
wholesome tonic. To be sure, he had no such com- 
plexity of organization to deal with as we have, but 
there was the same temptation to follow the crowd and 
do the conventional thing. As is usually the case, that 
crowd was headed partly in the direction of tradition, 
"the gods which your fathers served beyond the 
River," and partly toward the latest novelty, "the 
gods of the Amorites in whose land ye dwell." Calm, 
considered, independent judgment, regardless of what 
others might do— that was the rare virtue that flowered 
out so fragrantly in Joshua. " As for me," he said. 
It's a .thing that needs saying now tremendously. Let 
that last word qualify both "needs" and "saying." 
The need is tremendous and it needs to be said with a 
tremendous emphasis. 

There is a type of self-assertion that easily runs into 
vanity, intolerance and all sorts of ugly unbrotherli- 



ness. There is enough of that in the world, The " as 
for me " we are thinking of is personal conviction of 
such clarity and strength that it does not ask which 
way the wind is blowing before it speaks or moves. 
It knows what it thinks without consulting the party 
platform', the fashion department or the convention 
findings. 

Conference, mutual understanding and concerted ac- 
tion are invaluable in forwarding the Kingdom of 
God. But they are so only when the individuals con- 
cerned in the conference and the action have convic- 
tions and character of value. You can organize for 
3 L JmTn r<1 B '' k "!'.. '.'.'.'.'■'.'■'■'■'■'■■ 4 greater efficiency when you have something worth or- 
ganizing, but not otherwise. That something is per- 
sonal energy in which such things as judgment, courage 
and conscience have a big place. 

What if the many are forgetting God and the things 
of the Spirit and running wild after all manner of 
worldly pleasure? What the situation calls for is some 
" as for me " spirit. Will you furnish your share of 
it? Will you say, " As for me, I will seek the King- 
dom of God first, and find my highest joy in that? I 
will not lay up my treasures where the moth and rust 
of time and sense are certain to corrupt them ? I will 
prize the gratitude of those to whom I've ministered, 
and the consciousness of divine approval and spiritual 
power more than all material things " ? 

" As for me," some thousands of us ought to say, " I 
will give freely and cheerfully of my time, strength, 
and money, as the Lord may prosper me, for the sup- 
port of our church activities. Especially will I not 
allow the work of proclaiming the Gospel to all the peo- 
ple of the earth to lag through any fault of mine. Oth- 
ers may find excuse and shirk their responsibilities but 
I will not. As for me, I'll do my best. I'll cut down 
somewhere on my personal expenditures, so I can do 
more for the church." 

" As for me," more thousands of us ought to say, 
" regardless of what others do, I will not listen to the 
senseless demands of fashion. I shall wear simple, 
sensible, modest clothing. I shall dress for comfort 
and good taste but not for display. A meek and quiet 
spirit shall be for me the most highly prized of all 
ornaments. The beauty of simplicity and the simplici- 
ty of true beauty and enduring worth shall be my ideal 
in every phase of my daily living." 

" As for me," this year of political excitement 
should challenge us to say, " I will stand foursquare 
for law and order, civic integrity and Christian citizen- 
ship. I will not be tempted into giving my support 
to crooked men under stress of the demands of par- 
tisanship or political expediency. I shall insist that 
candidates for offices of public trust state clearly where 
they stand on great moral issues like prohibition and 
shall withhold my suffrage from such as fail to line up 
definitely for righteousness and law." 
- A liberal sprinkling of such " as for me's " as are 
suggested by these samples would do more for our 
church life than any quantity of paper-made ecclesias- 
tical machinery. And it would put some new life into 
our institutional devices that now function with more 
or less success. There is nothing else that will do it. 
There is no getting on without personal spiritual dy- 
namic. 

As individuals we are a little short on that fine old 
virtue which is most forcefully though figuratively de- 
scribed by a certain very little word scarcely used in 
polite society because of its unpleasant anatomical 
suggestiveness. Joshua had it. We need it. 



the real thing. And it shows more such signs when 
your acts of devotion are meaningful rather than 
mechanical. And still more, when it leads to. sacrifices 
of your own comfort that you may minister to the need 
of others. 

Here's another good sign: Do you go about your 
daily work in the glad consciousness that God is with 
you, that you are fighting the day's battles with his 
help, that you are working with him in the great busi- 
ness of establishing right relations among men, and be- 
tween them and God? Does your religion take the 
drudgery out of the day's work and put dignity in its 
place ? 

In a word, has your religion passed on over from 
the institutional to the individual phase? From shar- 
ing in the aspirations and activities of the group to 
which you belong down into the thought life and act 1 
life of the personal you? 



Marks of the Genuine 

When- your religion gives you power in facing 
temptation and hard tasks and poise in the midst of 
perplexity and uncertainty, it shows signs of being 



When Religion Finds What It Seeks 

We are happy to see a great teacher in the philoso- 
phy of religion saying that " religion seeks a love be- 
yond any love that has ever developed between human 
associates." 

That teacher is not far from the Kingdom of God. 
He would make a worthy disciple of the greater 
Teacher who taught that the first and greatest duty of 
man is to love God with the whole self, repeating that 
demand in another form when he insisted that his 
followers must be bound to him by a stronger than 
the strongest earthly bond. 

Religion seeks such a love, first of all, in the wor- 
ship of God, in trust in him, and in obedience to him. 
The soul of religion is here. Without this, there is no 
religion worthy of the name. Its first commandment 
not only, but its right to live, its capacity to exist, is 
tied up with such a love. 

And it is a kindred love that religion seeks, in the 
second place, in better human relationships. 'For 
nothing but such a love can ever rise to the heights, 
or is it going down into the depths of loving your 
neighbor as yourself? 

Such loves as these religion seeks and only religion 
at its best will find them. It will find them if it is 
religion at its best, namely, the religion of Jesus. 

Wonder, Worship, Work, Wait 

We have been brought face to face with several 
mysteries in our time and have heard of several more, 
but we know of nothing more mysterious than a grain 
of seed. The power that is hidden there and the secret 
of its operation baffle us. We saw some workmen 
the other day rebuilding a piece of sidewalk that had 
been broken up by it. 

But that mystery need not hinder us from utilizing 
such knowledge of it as we have. Wc can distinguish 
one seed from another and we know how to make it 
serve our use in providing us with food and other 
things of value. We know in large degree what con- 
ditions will yield these results and how to meet them. 

So is the Kingdom of God. The inmost nature of 
the power which inheres in it and rules in it is too 
deeply hidden for our sight to get through to it. But 
we know how to release it and what to do to insure its 
beneficent operation. We know the difference between 
good and evil and between love and selfishness. We 
know how to set that power to working in us and 
through us. Though the mystery of its processes is 
beyond us we know what we need to do that the 
Kingdom of God may increase mightily and prevail. 

It is the part of wisdom to do this. Sensible men 
ought to utilize what knowledge they have of God's 
working, even while they wait and worship before the 
wonder of it. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 7, 1928 



GENERAL FORUM 



Four Winds 

BY H. A. BRANDT 

I hear the wind — 
The frigid winter wind 
That drives the sleety rain 
And snow across the plain. 

I hear the wind — 
The gentle April wind 
That warms the fragrant earth 
And kisses flowers to birth. 

I hear the wind — 
The parching summer wind 
That shakes the thirsty leaves 
And cures the wheaten sheaves. 

I hear the wind— 
The fitful autumn wind 
Perfumed with harvest breath 
And sad with change and death. 

I hear the wind — 
The rushing winter wind 
That chills the souls of men, 
Yet brings us spring again. 



Elgin, III. 



Flashlights from History 

BY JNO. S. FLORY 
VI. The Congregational Brethren and The Leedy 
Brethren 

The Congregational Brethren 

This time we shall consider briefly two small bodies 
because there are certain resemblances in their history 
and they come to a common end. A factor in the 
origin of each of these bodies was that time-old ques- 
tion of how the ordinance of feet-washing should be 
conducted, and details of the communion. 

The Congregational Brethren were mainly the left- 
overs of the Far Western Brethren when they were 
received back into the church. We have already seen 
that when the Conference of 1S59 proclaimed the Far 
Western Brethren in full fellowship with the church 
that there were some who found it difficult to adapt 
themselves to the conditions and therefore continued 
the agitation of the question. 

The point on which they could not be reconciled 
was that the church as a body still practiced and held 
to the double mode of feet-washing. While the west- 
ern churches had been granted the privilege of prac- 
ticing the single mode when they were among them- 
selves, they looked upon this purely as a compromise 
and as a matter of expediency, while they regarded the 
matter in controversy as a matter of principle. They 
felt sure that the single mode was the right and the 
only right way of administering the ordinance. They 
therefore refused to accept the invitation of the Con- 
ference to full membership of the church and so con- 
tinued their agitation. 

This condition led to other committees being sent 
to the churches where the difficulty prevailed. These 
were chiefly in Missouri and Illinois. During the years 
that followed several committees were sent but with- 
out accomplishing much. Finally in 1872 several 
elders with a number of ministers and a considerable 
number of members were expelled. A few ministers 
were also silenced. 

Among these were very influential members. One 
was the son of Elder Isham Gibson of Illinois who had 
done such a wonderful pioneer work in this new coun- 
try in company with Eld. George Wolfe. Among them 
were also two sons of Eld. John Hendricks who had 
been a great leader and preacher in Kentucky and Ten- 
nessee and later in Illinois and Missouri. These men 
had a following and when they were put out of the 
church there were strong bodies of members to go 
with them. 

After their expulsion these ministers went on 
preaching and baptizing as before. They taught and 
practiced all the doctrines of the Brethren and varied 
from them only in the manner of the observance of 
feet-washing. Instead of organizing themselves into 
an independent body they simply went on, each church 



managing its own affairs and being bound together 
only by the circumstances of their condition and their 
unity and faith in the Gospel. They really became 
Congregational and from this fact originated the name 
by which they were known. 

They never became numerous although their leaders 
were active and capable; and when the Progressives 
in 1SS3 proposed a union with them, they joined as a 
body in the formation of the new organization, the 
Brethren Church. 

It may not be inappropriate to point out here that 
the doctrine these Brethren contended for so stoutly 
and for which they allowed themselves to be disfellow- 
shiped from the church they loved, the mother church, 
has since been accepted in full and made it the uni- 
versal practice of the denomination. 

The Leedy Brethren 

Members by the name of Leedy moved from Bed- 
ford County, Pennsylvania, to Knox County, Ohio, 
about the beginning of the nineteenth century. A few 
years later, the Owl Creek congregation was organized, 
mostly from Leedy families. The church grew through 
the years and became strong. For half a century 
there was nothing to bring this church or its people es- 
pecially into prominence, until along in the 50's when 
the order of feet-washing was being discussed all over 
the Brotherhood. The Owl Creek church took up the 
question, as many other congregations had done, and 
voted in favor of the single mode, thus aligning them- 
selves with the Far Western Brethren. Yet here they 
were in Ohio in the midst of the Annual Meeting 
churches and the Annual Meeting had declared in 
favor of the double mode. So they were clearly out 
of order. An Annual Meeting committee was sent 
as was the custom in that day. 

The Leedys undertook to defend their course and 
to prove their contention by the Scriptures. They also 
believed they had the authority of the church from the 
beginning in substantiation of their position. These 
things however did not convince the committee, and as 
a result, a number of them were disfellowshiped. 
Among them were several elders and a number of min- 
isters. As they naturally had their friends and follow- 
ers, a considerable body, besides those expelled, threw 
in their lot with them. 

As many of those who had been disowned or left 
the church were of the one name, they came to be 
known generally as the Leedy Brethren. I have not 
discovered any evidence to show that they formally 'in- 
corporated themselves under this or any other name. 
But many of them were prominent, had been old set- 
tlers, had grown into the community life, and were 
held in high esteem because of their character and 
ability. So the names of their leaders naturally 
attached itself to them. The Leedy Brethren in Ohio 
did as much as the Hendrickes and Gibsons did in Mis- 
souri and Illinois. They went on with their church 
work, kept preaching and baptizing converts and kept 
their membership together and at work. 

The time when this action was taken by the Annual 
Meeting committee was in September, 1858. The next 
June, it will be remembered, was the time when the 
Annual Meeting received back into fellowship the Far 
Western Brethren along with their single mode of feet- 
washing; but that was too late to meet the conditions 
at Owl Creek. They continued to go on their own way 
until they too received the invitation from the Pro- 
gressives in 1883 to join them in the formation of a 
new denomination. This they decided to do and in 
the Dayton assembly, June, 1883, the Leedy Brethren 
together with the Progressives and the Congregational 
Brethren joined in the formation of the Brethren 
Church. 

These two bodies have a unique history. They 
both lost their membership in the mother church be- 
cause of a doctrine that they held more dear than mem- 
bership in the church. The fact that these experiences 
were occurring repeatedly indicates that there was a 
need in the church of some change in its policy of 
dealing with members who out of conscientious 
scruples saw differently from what the church had 
taught. 

It must be a great satisfaction to all who love the 
church and her doctrines to know that the church did. 



have within itself the power and wisdom to modify 
its methods so that without sacrificing any principle 
it could give to every member a free exercise of con- 
science and at the same time preserve in dignity the 
principles of the Gospel. 
Bridge-water, Va. 



Industry Here and There 

BY C. H. SHAMBERGER 
B. Y. P. D. Article — Program for Jan. 22 

Last night some of us were discussing possible vo- 
cations. Eventually some one said that one of the 
things to be taken into consideration was whether there 
would be opportunity for creative work. Then fol- 
lowed a rather general condemnation of modern indus- 
try in which the workman is frequently called upon to 
do the most mechanical sort of thing day after day. 
One after another contributed what he knew about 
such situations and the result was a group indictment 
of such a condition in our industrial age. As for us 
we wanted to avoid that kind of a lot if we could. 

But this morning I was reading the second chapter 
in Margaret Burton's book " New Paths for Old Pur- 
poses," and the conditions she describes among factory 
workers in China, Japan and India would make what 
we were discussing last night seem like a great indus- 
trial paradise. 

We had been thinking about men and women who 
work for the most part eight hours per day, or a forty- 
eight-hour week with Saturday afternoon and Sunday 
off. But the people mentioned in the book are little 
boys and girls as young as five years. And instead of 
an eight-hour day— twelve — from six in the morning 
till six in the evening. Or still worse of "little old" 
children who go to work in the evening at six o'clock 
and work through until six in the morning without 
any time off in which to eat and relax. 

Some of the most terrible accidents of modern indus- 
try occur in the morning hours when these children, 
unable to keep awake any longer, fall into the unpro- 
tected machines, and are either killed or terribly man- 
gled. For new industry in old countries is often unre- 
stricted as regards safety devices, and the victims of 
such neglect are often given very little hospital treat- 
ment and no insurance such as is required in America. 

Visit an American factory and you will see automo- 
biles parked outside in which workmen have come to 
work. Or there are street cars or busses which bring 
them. But it is not uncommon for children and women 
to walk two or three miles to work in Asia or to come 
on wheelbarrows. You can't pay out much for trans- 
portation on a wage of fifteen cents per day. 

The temperature in many of the silk mills is like a 
" Turkish bath " and the odor so unpleasant that the 
workers are frequently unable to eat after a twelve or 
fourteen-hour day in such a place. In other factories 
disease is prevalent and the average working period is 
from fourteen to eighteen months. 

In Japan there were 80,000 women employed in 
mines according to a report issued in 1921. Some of 
the working conditions are indescribable. In 1920 
there were 91,949 women employed in the mines of 
India and 8,548 children under eight years of age. A 
Mining Act passed in 1924 has made it illegal to em- 
ploy children under 13 years of age and has made 
certain restrictions for women workers. 

An investigator in America would be able to find 
situations which might come somewhere near matching 
those referred to in other lands, but they would be 
more isolated cases. The physical resources of Amer- 
ica, the labor unions and laws regarding protection and 
sanitation have gone a long way in making for more 
ideal working conditions. 

One of the disturbing phases of the question is that 
the same countries that have sent out missionaries 
have also sent out modern machinery. There seems to 
have been a day when people in what we then called 
heathen lands did not seem to he so discriminating in 
their thinking. But now they are asking all kinds of 
questions, including that of the connection of Chris- 
tian nations w r ith wars, and commercial aggrandize- 
ment, and now the results of an industrial civilization 
which have come to them from western nations. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 7, 1928 



It is commendable that in many instances the Chris- 
tian capitalists are taking the lead for improved con- 
ditions in their own factories and mills, They are also 
using their influence to secure legislation which will 
set new standards of fairness for those who are em- 
ployed. 

Whether it is in America or elsewhere, the question 
whether or not the church will have a part in the 
practical problem of industry is one which can not be 
escaped. 

Elgin, III. , , , 

Repent and Be Baptized 

BY J. H. MOORE 

Once upon a time we were seated in a comfortable 
pew. The spacious auditorium was well filled by an 
intelligent and appreciative assembly. It was a gath- 
ering of a little more than average intelligence, and the 
people were expecting an impressive message, for there 
was a new preacher in the pulpit, not altogether new, 
for he had before this given a few addresses. He was 
a man of splendid personality, an interesting and force- 
ful speaker. The day was of more than ordinary 
interest, and those present had a right to look for 
something a little beyond the ordinary. In fact it was 
near the beginning of a revival. 

The preliminary services were completed, the an- 
nouncements made and the offering lifted. The min- 
ister arose and announced Acts 2 : 38 for his text : 
" Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the 
name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of 
sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." 
He even read on to the end of the chapter. We braced 
up a bit in our pew for we felt sure that we were now 
going to hear something worth while. We realized, 
of course, that we were living in an age of non-doc- 
trinal sermons, when men were expected to preach 
smooth sermons. Here was a real doctrinal text that 
in some former generations may have been used to 
excess, or out of season or unduly emphasized, but 
now it surely did seem in season for doctrinal in- 
formation was becoming very precious. 

In a brief way the minister told of the incidents on 
the day of Pentecost, leading up to his text, then he 
proceeded to define and emphasize the importance of 
repentance. What he said was true, and it was well 
said, but it was all of the common, undenominational 
sort. Nothing was said of the rite of baptism, what 
it was, how performed and its place and purpose in 
the process of conversion. It was only repent and ac- 
cept Christ in love and further obedience. Not a 
word was said about baptism for the remission of sins, 
but great stress was placed on the importance of the 
gift of the Holy Spirit. Not a moment was spent on 
the great results following Peter's marvelous discourse, 
how those who gladly received the word were baptized, 
and how three thousand were thus added to the church. 

There were strangers in the congregation who knew 
little about the faith and practice of the Brethren. 
Here was the preacher's opportunity to enlighten some 
honest seekers after more light, and to confirm some 
who stood in need of information and encouragement 
regarding some points in the faith. But the preacher 
had missed his opportunity and a great opportunity it 
was. Some went from that service still more firmly 
established in their belief that baptism plays no essen- 
tial part in the New Testament plan of salvation, 
while others wondered why the speaker could not have 
been more explicit in defining what Peter meant in the 
verse chosen for a text. There was something in the 
text that they were looking for and should have had 
but it was not dealt out to them. Just why there should 
be such a falling down in intelligent doctrinal teaching, 
even in many of our own pulpits, is one of the latter 
day mysteries. 

But while this is true, unfortunately true, there is 
some encouragement in noting how the subject was 
treated some months ago in Peloubet's Select Notes 
on the International Sunday School Lesson when Acts 
2:38 was under consideration. We quote in full the 
comments on this one verse : 

" And Peter said unto them, Repent ye. Repent was 
the exhortation of John the Baptist, the herald of 
Jesus (Mark 1:4). Our Lord took up the cry as soon 



as he began to preach (Mark 1:15). The risen Christ 
bade his disciples to continue to preach repentance 
(Luke 24:47). It is useless to expect salvation and 
the entrance into the blessed life unless with all sorrow 
and shame we break away from our sins, and deter- 
mine in Christ's strength to sin no longer. This is 
true repentance. And be baptized every one of you 
in the name of Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, 
acknowledging Christ to be the Son of God, accepting 
him as Savior and Lord, and taking his name, hence- 
forth being called a Christian — all this is involved in 
baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. Christ repeated- 
ly commanded the observance of this outward rite as 
bearing witness of the inward change of heart (Matt. 
28:19). Secret Christians are not true Christians. 
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. Unto the re- 
mission of your sins. Remission means sending away. 
The forgiveness of our sins, obtained through Christ's 
atoning death on the cross, is conditioned on our re- 
pentance, and on our acceptance of Christ as our Sav- 
ior and confession of him before men in baptism. 
Then we have a right to know that we are rid of our 
sins forever. As far as the east is from the west, so 
far has Christ removed our transgressions from us. 
And ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This 
indwelling of Deity is the Christian's crowning privi- 
lege and joy. It assures him of constant guidance, en- 
lightenment, power, and peace. It is the chief char- 
acteristic of a Christian that he has received the gift 
of gifts." 

In closing his comments on the Pentecostal lesson the 
author further says : " They that received the word 
were baptised. To receive the word is not merely to 
hear it, but to understand it and accept it, and especial- 
ly, to do what the word commands. Many cheat them- 
selves into thinking that they are receiving sermons 
when they only receive them in their ears, not in their 
hearts. And there were added unto them in that day 
about three thousand souls. This large number were 
added to the one hundred and twenty disciples (Acts 
1 : 15) who made up the reorganized Christian church 
only an hour before. The church as Christ had 
formed it was multiplied by twenty-five through a sin- 
gle sermon." — Lesson Commentary for 1927, pages 
148, 149. 

This exposition of the Scriptures cited reads very 
much as though it had been written by one of our own 
well informed brethren. It certainly brings out the 
meaning in an admirable manner, and is by no means 
misleading. Why can not the pulpit, and especially our 
own, speak out equally plain and let the inquiring pub- 
lic know what this part of the written Word really im- 
plies. The Sunday-school commentary named is pre- 
sumed to be undenominational, and for that reason the 
author might very consistently have treated the im- 
portance of baptism in the scheme of human redemp- 
tion with less doctrinal precision. He could have been 
just a little evasive, but he did not feel that he could 
do so and at the same time do justice to the plain teach- 
ing of Peter. And while the pulpit is a bit evasive, and 
often decidedly so, when it comes to dealing with the 
institution of baptism, it is a matter of satisfaction 
to know that there are those even in the undenomina- 
tional ranks whose comments on the subject have the 
true gospel ring. 

Sebring, Fla. , ^ . 

" Making Home Like Heaven " 

Eph. 6: 1-4; Rev. 21: 1-2; 22-27; Psa. 68: 6 

BY LEONARD BIRKIN 

Years ago I read a book entitled, " When Home Is 
Heaven," by Chapman. Such a home as this has al- 
ways appealed to me, for heaven to me expresses all 
that is beautiful. Home is a holy word, for it ex- 
presses the deepest ties and loves that earth can name. 
Heaven is our ideal of the great beyond, where in the 
midst of beauty and freed from all that makes for 
ugliness, we can picture those we have loved, in the 
shadow of his wing. Home and heaven are appealing 
terms speaking'to us of rest after labor, joy after 
borrow, peace after turmoil. They speak to me of 
ideals, hopes, inspiration and joy. 

Every home may be a heaven on earth if Jesus 
abides there, is present at every meal and a welcome 



Listener at every conversation. It is a home such as 
this I want to write about. But first, let us see what 
some one has said concerning heaven, and then we 
shall the better know what kind of a home will be 
most like heaven. 

"What is heaven?" I asked a little child. 
"All joy," and in her innocence she smiled. 

I asked the aged, with her care oppressed; 
"All suffering o'er, oh 1 heaven at last is rest." 

I asked the artist who adored his art: 
" ?Icaven is all beauty" spoke his raptured heart. 

I asked the poet with his soul afire: 
" Tis Glory," and he struck his lyre. 

I asked the Christian waiting his release. 

A halo round him, low he answered: " Peace." 

So all may look with hopeful eyes above; 

Tis beauty, glory, joy, rest, peace and love. 

No matter the occupation of a man, heaven is the 
place of an ideal. His home should be the same. I 
want my home that I am going to build in the near 
future, to be a heaven on earth and by God's help it 
will be. In it I want to find beauty, glory, joy, rest, 
peace, and love. 

The present day home has lost much of its sacred- 
ness in the rush of our modern life. It is not suffi- 
ciently concerned as to whether Jesus reigns within, 
the Light of every heart. In Eph. 6:1-4 we read: 
" Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is 
right. Honor thy father and thy mother which is the 
first commandment with promise, that it may be well 
with thee and that thou mayest live long on the earth. 
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: 
but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the 
Lord." 

Today we find a decline in parental authority, largely 
due to modern education and inventions. Children are 
being educated and mother and father too often fail 
to keep up because of the sacrifice it entails. They 
try to live in the past and too often want their chil- 
dren to be satisfied with the past, which in the eyes 
of God is criminal. There are greater heights to reach 
and it is the task of every generation to mount onto 
higher ground. This generation should not only make 
this possible, but should at the same time be broad- 
minded enough to try and keep up with the rising gen- 
eration. Love is the greatest of all teachers, but it 
points always toward the higher ground ; it is always 
ready to sacrifice, remembering the love that prompted 
Jesus to be the Way, the Truth and the Life. 

We read today of divorces and trial marriages, vio- 
lations of the most sacred institution God has given to 
man — violation of the institution on which every nation 
must rest if it would live. All this has come to pass 
because the true meaning of home is being lost. 

Home should mean a place of reverence, because it 
is an institution founded by God himself. It should 
include reverence for the ties of marriage and for the 
function of the home in raising children. It should 
be a place where God and all that relates to him are 
reverenced. It is the element of reverence that makes 
a home like heaven. Decline in reverence is due to 
neglect of religious instructions and failure to institute 
a family altar. God should be made the natural thought 
in every home. We are living in an age in which the 
family altar is being neglected. People are too busy 
to pray together. Speed has become the mania, and 
there is no time for the things that pertain to God. 
Time has become too limited to use much of it in the 
effort to prepare our children for eternity, or to make 
our homes like heaven. With a heavenly atmosphere 
there would be no trouble in turning our children's 
thoughts toward God. I would advocate that here on 
earth you erect your family altars, remembering that 
because he remembered the altars that his father built 
to God, Isaac also built his altars. Think of the words 
of Judah to Joseph, referring to Benjamin: "How 
shall I go up to my father and the child be not with 
me?" How shall you or I go up to our heavenly 
Father if he has entrusted a child to us if we can not 
take the child with us? 

Let no sacrifice be too great if it will put your 
children in touch with God. This world has little 
mercy for the things of heaven. " I have made up my 
mind to be a Christian," said a little boy to his mother, 

(Continued oo Pmf» 10) 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-January 7, 1928 






What Men Live By 

BY EARL M. BOWMAN 

n„ R.chard C. Cabot, professor of Medicine and 
Work, Play, Love and Worship 



He has written 



almost daily stand in need of vision and inspiration. 
By them we live. . 

, Men Live by Sympathy and Suffermg 

ica is himself a sufferer tro ^^ 

so much to conquer h - Tw ^ ^ ^^ 

^:^tl^Saminin g paaen,s,he_was weary 



• . ,u » We need a faith that will 
ft. long run «"//. ^Enterprises will suc- 
bet our lives that all n S nte °" , faith in her; 
C eed. Man cannot marry a w.fe £.« °u ^ ^ 

he cannot depos.t money in a tank « tno 
he cannot form a friendship w, Aoatfa* n 
whom he will befriend. By a (ft ™n '. 
faith it is not only imposs.ble to p ease .W, 
possible to live satisfactorily to ones self. 



,.»*, a pirl who was sure she 



Washington, D. 



it men u»> "■■• " , i , i„„. 

u T?nr tlipre are some other tnings "y 
rt. ^s some of these other things upon which 

^urrram^—t between what men 
think sustaining and what actually ,s sprung. 
Some men think they can live by money, and so their 

sirups rst-r-JS 

people who used to be satisfied with one show a week 
now m st have two a night. And they are still un- 
satisfied They have not and never will find the 
ke e that sustains in the husks of this materia! wo ld_ 
S u others think that if they have plenty of rich food 
„,, fine clothes they have that by which men live. 
Tti mattte'rest/are: a good dinner and e^n 

H^wi-STw What shaU we do ? 

Where shall we go?" But they ought to be asking 
"Where can we serve? What can we pray for? 
Whom can we help?" Rather should we seek the king- 
dom of the spiritual first, for we cannot live by bread 
alone. Then by what do men live? 
i Men Live by Memory 

You recall how that after the Children of Israel had 
been in the wilderness forty years, near the close of 
MoJlife God spoke to Moses. Then Moses took 
the message to the Children of Israel. He reminded 
" the manna from heaven and *e water from 
the smitten rock, how their hunger had been ed and 
hi thirst assuaged. "Remember that al the way 
you have been led!" Moses was trying to teach them 
t0 ,ive by memory. We all do live by memory We 
learn from the history of past ««P™«.^ 
new situations and problems today in the light ot 
what we experienced yesterday. This makes more 
efficient the life of today. Both old and young enjoy 
reminiscences. This enriches our life today. I think 
memory is about as indispensable as any other one 
ZZ We daily depend upon it much or both en- 
joyment and service. I see no way by which we could 
do without it. 
2 Men Live by Inspiration and Vision 

There is a man who occupies an influenhal pulpit ,n 
the West. Fifteen years ago he stood at what seemed 
Ws journey's end. But the shadow on the dial moved 
back for this modern prophet, and one Sunday he 
stood before his congregation and said: I have had 
my vision of Christ. Others may have a clearer vision 
of him, but this is mine. I will preach only what I 
know. I will preach only what I know is supremely 
important. I will preach only what I have fallen down 
upon and found safe and able to bear me up. I will 
preach only what I have found to be true when lately 
I went up to the gate of Otherwhere." That man be- 
gan to live by vision and inspiration. There are imes 
?„ the lives of us all when we come to a standstill down 
in some deep valley. The hill ahead seems too steep 
and rocky to climb. In despair and despondency we 
almost quit the field. But somehow we get a vision 
of something inviting beyond, and in tha : vision . » 
inspiration. Then we get strength to go ahead. We 



wit h her. I 'had to tell another who was sure she had 
w itn ner. doomed to die. Then 

only a ■trifling cold that she is a ^ 

shuddering and with tears n his ey« ^ 

b :frn^Wt,:td%hen hurry ^witlr 
r^n^^tcftenfof^ 

'■ m^S General Grant was drawing bis lines 
abut General Lee to hold him in relentless grip. Gr an 
was ill He had eaten nothing for hours and little for 
tos His face was ashen, his features pinched, and 
Sokfd like an old man. One day there approached 
his headquarters a Confederate officer on horseback, 
and hand'ed him a note from ^e indicating his wiling 
ness to surrender. One of Grants staff wi. 1 
never saw such transformation ,n any man. The Gen 
e rl's eyes took on brightness, and color came to h 
cheeks He sent Lee his answer and walked away with 
ante buoyancy of youth." Hope had given him new 
life. What shall we do when hope is gone? I think 
we should all die if hope was absolutely gone^ We 
are saved by the hope of something better ahead. By 
hope we live 1 
c Men Live by Courage 

Some one has said that courage is one of the rarest 
elements in public life. Yet how much men admire 
and love a Illy courageous leader! A great modern 
prophet one time said: "You can silence me wth 
death but you cannot keep me from telling you the 
truth'" William Lloyd Garrison, after being perse- 
cuted and mobbed, said on the streets of Boston: 
"Slavery is wrong. Freedom is every mans - 



Testing for Faultlessness 

BY JOHN B. FITZ 

momentarily it ^^t^^L* the far 

hgion will lay before it the be t morsel* Weft^ 
hs welcoming feat P a ^ ^ ^ 

for about all ot me iau m postor 

has have been slain to welcom o J 

At various times all of these nav w 
rS^^^StSo^seHpe- 

*£ earnest recorded cornpu^tion Jehovah bad 

W!t t h Tor C r^e \vh nV— nd came to 

ffi^JS not eat of it, the first roan spent 

some time thinking how he wo»M«P«* ^ 

subtle test of his regard for his MaK 

made a low score : in h is^nsw e toto £ ^ ^ 

love, obedience and ^ mast " y ™ and , ater of the 

mitted.. The great testings of Noah ^andb ^ ^ 

patriarchs were occasioned by the «»" a f „. 

for distinctly religious impulse- The *£* 

ligion teems with examples of the most 

of individuals or of small ^l°\^r7jL cause 

Barring the prophetic sections, and, 



in fact, as an al- 



- Slavery is wrong. Freedom is every man's right Barring the P™P-— ; eparatory t0 them, one 

And I will be heard." The strange <^£**£ ™* tms "lolL close in the wake of its pred- 
that after we stone our prophets, the next genera 



tion pick up those stones and erect monuments to the 
memory of those brave and noble spirits we put to 
death Is it not strange that after we pull the tongues 
out of the mouths of our forerunners of progress and 
silence them with death, they then speak louder 
than ever? The human race is saved by courage. 
Where there fs no courage the people perish. These 
heroes of heresy pave the way for better days and we 
seem to know it not. Were it not for a few coura- 
geous spirits in every generation we should long be- 
fore this have had a stagnant world with a premium 
on keeping in the rut. The race lives by eourage 
—the courage of its heroes and prophets. 
6. Men Live by Faith 

A great man has recently said: "Man cannot live 
without faith, because he deals not only with a past 
which he may know and with a present which he can 
see but with a future in whose possibilities he must 
believe." Another great man a long time ago said: 
" Now faith means we are confident of what we hope 
for, convinced of what we do not see." With such a 
definition of faith before us it immediately becomes 
obvious that man can no more avoid thinking about 
what may lie ahead of him when he lives his life than 
when he sails his boat. His direction in either case 
is determined by the " assurance of things hoped for. 
Therefore, however much a man may strive to live 
without faith, it is simply impossible. Life is a daily 
adventure into the unknown. And we need a faith 
like John Bright had when his reforms were being 

** . 1 ■ -1 . «< T£ ,.ta .-in'*- win n^ 



e T Daniel There were tests of kindness, courage, 

lit characteristic of the strong and capab e Ther 

fa „ "essness, it is stimulating to observe some of ,t 
aspects and to suggest its significance in terms of our 
nwn life and time. 

At the point in the account with which «« par- 
ticularly interested from the standpoint of this discus 
s"on Daniel had commended himself in the eyes of 
shrewd buless men and politicians of his day, and as 
a reward for his industry and application he had re- 

:,„,, „ =c;»- »« -• *.%■ ■?»,£';:. 

over the whole realm (Dan. o. J n.j. ^ 
tion of the King was the signal to those ess favor d 
n his sight to look into this man Daniel's We, view 
est it and check on it from every angle, ?£"*»* 
the King had not been hasty in his appointment of a 
man to this position of responsibility and honor when 
" appropriate choice might easily have been mad 
_for example, from among ; themseve • I th. ttee 



- .. fr 5 T be!n a g s ™;\:r P l yi; Trut to the impulses of any human 
bitterly opposed, when he said: If we can t win as men we r P y s com mandment. 

fast as we wish, we know that our opponents can't in nature unartecte y 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 7, 1928 



After these presidents and satraps had checked over 
all of Daniel's work for the King, had audited all of 
his books and had observed his deportment over a 
period of time, they despaired of this avenue of attack 
for "They could find no occasion or fault, for as 
much as he was faithful, neither was there any error 
or fault found in him." Daniel had been subjected to 
no small test in this matter of his business relations, 
but notice the next point of attack avowed by his 
jealous rivals. " Then said these men, We shall no 
find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it 
against him concerning the law of his God. 



ers may ascribe is precarious, and still, if a correct 
rating concerning our degree of faultlessness is de- 
sirable and inevitable, does not the apostolic conclu- 
sion let a man examine, or prove, himself, suggest it- 
self as a workable solution? This is reducing the mat- 
ter to an individual basis but it is the only safe posi- 
tion to take when even Jesus himself said that not he 
but " The word that I have spoken, the same shall 
judge him in the last day." This is not a cry of, "To 
your tents, oh, Israel," except as that almost pan.cal 
injunction may, in terms of this situation, be con- 
strued to imply an individuality in human appraisal so 



SrauT o"^ ST~ - stil, such essentia, for a valid test for faultless 
__._: _< A.':, f„rtW subtle plans of Panora, Iowa. ~— 



an announcement of their further subtle plans 
attack-tested " concerning the law of his God. 

Is it a small matter for any person to be found en- 
tirely faultless in matters pertaining to his business 
dealings? Usually it does not require the services of 
experts to discover ways in which our everyday busi- 
ness affairs might have been carried on at least more 
satisfactory to others, and, too often perhaps, more 
justly, equitably, openly and mercifully. The index 
of our common conversation bears ample evidence on 
this point. Even with the very heavy amount of this 
sort of business falling to Daniel he stood the test ad- 
mirably. Now, it is a peculiar commentary on religion 
itself that when there is neither occasion for error or 
fault found in a man because of his business enter- 
prises, his religion lays him open to still a further test 
of character. Perhaps, though his balance sheet is 
correct, he may be at fault concerning the law of his 
God How often the Master met this same test and 
with what enviable success ! But did you ever see the 
principle operate yourself? Were you ever tested for 
faultlessness on this score? Certainly it is inappro- 
priate to suggest even that the reason this may seem 
strange to us is the fact that we may have yet to pass 
the earlier and simpler test of fair dealing. 

Here we might raise the question concerning the 
line of attack these men would have chosen had the 
object of their ambitions not been remarkable for his 
piety Perhaps they, in that case, would have faulted 
him for having no religion at all; or for having not 
enough religion; or, conceivably, for having not the 
right kind of religion. But this is entirely speculative 
-having roots only in the conviction that in the ab- 
sence of a perfectly obvious keeping of the " law of 
his God " his enemies would not have been greatly 
baffled to devise a substitute charge. 

" Concerning the law of his God " to constitute a 
valid measure of faultlessness must, like any other 
reliable test, isolate one factor or element from a large 
number of factors or elements that go to make up 
character, and measure just that one thing. For this 
reason it applies only to those whose professions have 
made them suitable objects for this type of inquiry. 
Witness the testings incident to the life of Stephen or 
of Luther. The same may apply to many other re- 
ligious leaders together with those myriads of less dis- 
tinct though no less consecrated men and women who 
were objects of this sort of attack through the political 
and religious turmoil of the Middle Ages. 

In a sense any testing concerning the law of one's 
God is a farce and a scandal, and, in another sense 
it is the most certain reality. Its true significance de- 
depends upon the tester. In the hands of man it may 
be a snare; in the hands of the Le*gislator himself it 
is the final, universal and unalterable measure of a 
faultless character. In the case of Daniel, to which 
reference has been made, and in the lives of many 
others similarly tested though historically more ob- 
scure, several facts concerning this test might be noted 
with profit. In the first place, the ambitious ones were 
entirely ignorant concerning the thing they essayed to 
measure; they were meddling into the business of 
some one else (the King) ; they had done the very fool- 
ish thing of attempting to measure a spiritual quality 
by a legal measure ; and finally, they had appropriated 
religion to serve the designs of envy and of jealousy. 

But in the hands of the great Tester this very process 
g0 es constantly and justly on. Does it not become each 
Christian not only to be found without occasion or 
fault, for as much as he is faithful, but also, perfect 
concerning the law of his God? If the valuation oth- 



The Kingdom of God in the Country 

BY DAVID F. WARNER 
' " But seek ye first his kingdom and his righteousness 
and all these things shall be added unto you (Matt. 
6:33). 

" ' Better farming, better business, and better liv- 
ing ; and the greatest of these is better living.' If there 
is one pronouncement which has towered above others 
in these days of discussion, it is aptly expressed in 
these words." This paragraph is taken from Dean 
Mann's " final expression " of the American Country 
Life Conference held at East Lansing, Mich. And it 
is highly pertinent in this connection to quote Presi- 
dent Butterfield on " The Issues of Farm Life." His 
final word is: " But above all, let us not forget that, 
while the present day world is at work subduing 
nature, utilizing material resources, and building the 
huge machinery of civilization, the abiding issues of 
farm life, as of all life, lie after all in the subordina- 
tion of the material to the spiritual, of the physical 
to the moral. In other words, they lie in such princi- 
ples as the supreme worth of the individual, the giving 
of each individual both the opportunity and the stimu- 
lus for the maximum development of his mind and 
spirit, and the cooperation of individuals, of families, 
of communities, of states, of nations, of races, for the 
common welfare of all mankind." This writer left 
the conference on country life with special admiration 
for the personality who did so much to saturate the at- 
mosphere of the meeting with the spirit of righteous- 
ness His words, " For the common welfare of all, 
is a modern phrasing of Jesus' "The Kingdom of 
God" the seeking of which is the true end of life. 
Those of us who live in the rural sections, and are 
tempted to believe that the weal of ourselves and ot 
our children lies, first of all, in more money and better 
economic adjustments, must be roused to know that it 
is " better living " through the undergirding of the life 
with religion, that makes for final and complete satis- 
factions. This is precisely what Jesus said m the 
words of our text. Now let us examine this lesson a 
little more sympathetically. _ 

And to do this, is to know first what warnings lie 
back of the text. "Except your righteousness shall 
exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees 



But another reason for this pronouncement is, that 
men are engaged in laying up treasures on earth, rather 
than in heaven. Of course, the children of the King- 
dom need food and raiment and the good things of 
earth, and this the law of the Kingdom adds. But 
when men seek these things for their own sake, and 
reckon that life consists in accumulating them so that 
they might have them in abundance, this is disallowed. 
Our Lord declares in uncompromising terms that ma- 
terial greed is eternally opposed to social good, or 
Kingdom living. Judge Gary is dead. He was a 
strong exponent of the virtues of personal religion. 
But it may be doubted that he left much social religion 
to United States Steel. To seek money first, be- 
lieving that somehow this will promote better living in 
the end, is a practical nullification of the teaching and 
life of our Savior. He declares that when we seek 
first possessions in the realm of the unseen, which 
is eternal, those necessary things in the realm of the 
seen, which is but temporary, will be added unto us. 

This is a way of life that holds, as President Butter- 
field has said, to the " supreme worth of the individ- 
ual " and to " the cooperation of individuals " for the 
common weal. Now, Christianity is a way of life, 
and it is this way of life. To promote it, the com- 
munity must look to the personal fitness or the moral 
development of its citizens; it must, emphasize per- 
sonal attention to righteousness. These citizens, in the 
aggregate, make for social foulness or fragrance. The 
writer has in hand a score card for the grading of 
farmers which was handed him at the country life 

(Continued on Pago 12) 



FORWARD MOVEMENT 

Editwl by J. W. L*v 



The Men's Work 

The organization of the Men's Work starts the year 
1928 in earnest. The first number of "The Men's 
Work Bulletin" arranged as Studies on Evangelism 
has gone to the pastor or elder of each congregation. 
A letter from the Chairman, P. G. Stahly, also has been 
addressed to these same brethren. 

Pastors, do you want the men in your church pre- 
paring themselves to win souls? Would you be 
pleased to have a group alive and active in this most 
important task? If so, read carefully the letter and 
the " Bulletin " and then get your men together, talk 
it over with them and get them on the wire in com- 
munication with the officers of the National Council. 

The National Council has been working but not 
saying much publicly. These men are eager to help 
any local or District group. There is no disposition 
to have your church organize just so you can say you 
have such an organization. They want a group of men 
in each congregation on fire for Christ and his church. 
The laymen in our church have not been challenged to 
undertake and put over big things. They now have an 



*Slt! ™ " r into the kingdom of heaven." opportumtv as never before to honor their Lord They 
ye snail in nu mac _,.^,-„ j^inmtimi ...:u .1 .„ m ,,„am™t from the oastors and elders. 



A sharp forewarning indeed; a startling declaration 
that a merely passive and conventional religion was 
missing the mark. This is severe, but it is the truth 
which has for long been too much crushed to earth 
This principle puts an eternal taboo upon any social 
institution, church or other, which does its service be- 
fore men to be seen of them ; that is, to exalt itsel . 
The seal of truth is put upon that institution which 
reaches down into the great heart needs of hu™mty 
in an humble and unostentatious manner. Let not 
thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth. Ev- 
ery church and social agency needs to uncover its light, 
but the motive for such advertising is sanctified only 
through baptism in the spirit and purpose of Christ 
The good Lord knew that when, we go to blowing 
trumpets our weak nature would be tempted to petty 
show for the sake of worldly honor. Our text is a 
drawn indictment against this thing and a positive 
social charge laid upon the minds of men and insti- 
:i. The ideal set forth grades the acttvt.es and 
institutions of every community on the basis of their 
motive and power to promote better living. A lower 
motive may be rewarded for the moment, but will 
result in disappointment for eternity. 



will need encouragement from the pastors and elders. 
In many cases they will need help also. 

All communication should be sent to. Men's Work, 
Brethren Publishing House, Elgin, 111. 

■ m ■ 

Tithing Testimonials 

I have been a tither for about five years. I think 
all Christians should tithe their income. No doubt, it 
used to be a custom in the church, or with the Jewish 
people- In Malachi, the people did not realize what 
sin they were committing when they stopped tithing. 
God says- "You have robbed me in tithes and in 
offerin-s." The people said; "Wherein have we 
robbed thee in tithes and offerings?" In this age we 
are to give our lives as a living sacrifice, and that 
means really more than a tenth. It means all our 
united efforts with each and every dollar we have in 
our possession. We must dedicate and consecrate all 
we have to the Lord. Should we not give ten cents ot 
each dollar, one bushel of each ten? I feel I have pros- 
pered by doing so. Should we not tithe and extend 
God's Kingdom to more souIs?-Cta. D. II ,lhso«, 
Bccchcr City, III. 



PASTOR AND PEOPLE 

A Dedication Service for Children 

BY J. PERKY PRATHER 
(Note. S« Bro. Fruiter'* article in l»»l i'«™ ■> 

For a period of three years we have been conducting 
these fetation services and parents and church alike 
testify to the great impressiveness of the senr.ce and 
the value of it. 

Dedication Service 

In this dedication service we have asked you as 
paents to come to the church and here take upon 
yourselves the responsibility of rearing the dfld God 
has given unto you, in his fear. The home .s the fore- 
most place for the training of the child unto the Lord. 
From our parents we learn to walk, speak, and love 
from them we learn lessons of obedience, patience and 
trust In the Hebrew home by a special ceremonial 
rite the child was separated unto God. The parents 
accepted the obligations, with the first wish of the 
hearts that their child should grow up in the nurture 
and admonition of the Lord: to become happy, ngh - 
eous holy and devoted to a godly life; to honor its 
parents, do good works, make peace between man and 
man and study the Word of God. What better can 
parents seek for their child? 

•' And Hannah . . . bare a son . . . and 
called his name Samuel. . . . She took him up with 
her and brought him unto the house of the 

Lord'inShiloh. . . . For this child I prayed : and 
the Lord hath given me my petition, . . . there- 
fore I have granted him to the Lord; as long as he 
liveth he is granted to the Lord " (1 Sam 1:Z0 : It. J. 

" And when the days . . . were fulfilled they 
brought him [Jesus] up to Jerusalem to present him to 
the Lord . . ■ according to the law. ... And 
when the parents brought in the child Jesus, . . . 
[Simeon] received him into his arms and blest 
God. ... And when they had accomplished all 
dungs . . they returned to Galilee. ... And 
the child grew, and waxed strong, filled with wisdom, 
and the grace of God was upon him " (Luke 2 : 22-40) . 
Now dearly beloved, attend to the words of this 
dedication of the dearest on earth to yourselves— your 
child— unto God. , 

" And they brought young children that he might put 
his hands on them, bless them and pray for them. And 
his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But 
Jesus when he saw it, was much displeased, and said, 
Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them 
not for of such is the kingdom of God. . . . And 
he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, 
and blessed them " (Matt. 19: 13-15 ; Mark 10: 13-16). 
From the Master we get the example of blessing 
little children. It is your duty as parents who are dedi- 
cating your child to him, to make confession of your 
faith Do you receive the doctrines of the Christian 
faith, whereof we in the Church of the Brethren make 
confession ? 
Answer: We do. 

Do you hereby dedicate this child unto the Lord, 
and do you solemnly promise that he (or she) shall be 
brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord 
to the best of your ability, with God helping you? 
Answer: We do. 

May the Lord preserve you and your child, and 
give you grace faithfully to perform these promises. 

(Put hands on them and bless them in the name of 
the Lord, reciting the scriptures above quoted, or dif- 
ferent ones which bear on the subject of dedication.) 
Prayer (let all in the church stand:) 
O Blessed Christ, who was carried into the temple by 
thy mother, and was taken up into the arms of Simeon 
and blest, grant thy blessings to this child presented 
unto the Lord and unto these parents presented before 
thee. Grant that these parents may train this child, so 
that lie may grow up in wisdom, in stature, and in 
favor with God and with man as thou didst grow. 
Suffer this little child not to fall away when he comes 
to the age of accountability, but may he be so trained, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 7, 1928 

that he may take upon himself the duty here placed 
upon his parents. O Blessed Christ, as thoudtdst re- 
ceive children of old into thy arms and bless them, w 
thou bless this child! Give him a heart that shall 
shrink from sin, and give him quick ears that they may 
hear the beauty of thy truth. Hallow this service to 
thy glory and to thy honor. We ask in Jesus name. 

Amen. , 

The argument of this paper is simply this. We do 
not believe in infant baptism. In rejecting it we have 
no. put anything in its place. We have missed a great 
opportunity to do a real service to parents and to bind 
children up with the church. In stating this no 
thought of criticism has been aimed at. Let us dedi- 
cate our children unto the Lord as were Samuel and 
Jesus, realizing the sacred trust placed in the hands, 
both of parents and the church. Let us rise in the 
dory of our might and develop a generation of chil- 
dren dedicated unto the Lord. They are of the King- 
dom. Let us keep them there. 
Ashland, Ohio. 



Some Practical Suggestions for Improving Our 
Church 

SELECTED AND ADDED TO BY FRANK B. MYERS 
1. For Lay Members 

1 Pray for our pastor and congregation before 
you come to church. This is vital. Don't fail in it, 
dear brothers and sisters. 

2 Be in your place each time, unless prevented by 
some reason which you can, with a good conscience, 
give to your Lord. _ 

3. Please do not stand in the aisles and visit while 
the ushers are seating the people. 

4 Enter the church with reverence and gladness, 
asking for a blessing as you come in. Then pray as 
you are seated in the holy courts. 

5 Please do not speak or whisper during the serv- 
ice Never engage in any discourse or act after enter- 
ing the church that will turn aside your thoughts or 
the thoughts of others from worship. Bear others in 

mind ! „ , 

6 If you do not now have it, get and follow the 
habit of bringing your Good Book with you No true 
Christian soldier fears to carry the Sword of the Spirit 

with him. 

7 During the period of meditation and devotion 
praise God for the Bible School, and pray his bless.ng 
on the officers, teachers and pupils. 

8 Sing with mind, heart and voice. May no one 
have " Sunday lockjaw!" And as you say "Amen 
or " Praise the Lord," don't look as if you had lost 
your best friend or companion. 

9 Pray that the result of the service may be to 
the salvation of the lost and the fuller dedication of 
saints to the cause of Christ, thus glorifying our 
Father above. 

10. Make it an enjoyable occasion. We are not 
burying anyone, unless it be the " old man " of sin and 

self - 

11. Help the minister by thinking, if he says any- 
thing worth-while, and he very likely does. 

12. Never carry what you believe to be the faults of 
any of the members away from the house of God. If 
tempted to do so, look around you and see some good, 



Four Things Needful 

BY HOMER CASKEY 

At a business men's banquet one speaker pointed out 
clearly that to be a successful salesman one must have, 
integrity, industry and imagination. For the successful 
Christian worker may we add the fourth, inspiration. 
Without the Holy Spirit to inspire the messenger and 
the one to whom the message is brought, we can not 
expect desired results for the Lord. So may we go 
forth in the Master's work with an unquestionable 
character (integrity), a mind to work (industry), a 
strong imagination (vision), and as one inspired of 
God— with the Holy Spirit working through us, selling 
to the world the saving Gospel. 
Council Bluffs, Iowa. 



beautiful and noble soul whose life makes your life 
stronger, sweeter and better. 

13 Take the heart of the service home with you 
and talk of the merits of it across the table for the 
help of yourseives and your friends. 

14 Be present at the mid-week service of prayer 
song, Bible study and thought. All true followers of 
Jesus attend prayer meeting as much as possible 

15 If we have any criticism, either favorable or 
unfavorable, of the preacher, let us be real men or 
women, and have moral courage and the love of 
Christ's cause enough at heart, to make it to his tace^ 

16 When called to perform some task of head, 
heart or hands, for God and his church, be it ever so 
humble, do willingly and lovingly what you can. The 
Great Judge will give proper credit. " Despise not 
the day of small things." 

17 During each week call up at least one person, 
asking him or her to attend the various meetings in 
God's house. If refused, call again. 

18 Pray for the shepherd of the flock each day. 
He has heavy duties and trials, and wishes to serve 
all in spirit and truth. He wants the Kingdom to 
come in his neighborhood and into the lives of the 

people. 7 

19 Have the churchhouse open daily, say, from / 
A M to 6 P. M., for rest, prayer and meditation. 
Some wide-awake congregations have this, and we 

should, too. _ . 

20 Always share in the exercise of giving, iitne . 
Bring your envelopes each Sunday. If the church 
gives you a dollar's worth, don't express -it with a 
nickel or less, in the basket. If you think salvation is 
free please remember that you shall never enjoy any 
more of it than you pay for. Be liberal, systemat.c and 
regular in your gifts. " God loveth a cheerful giver. 
" Upon the first day of the week let every one of you 
lay by him in store as God hath prospered him, that 
there be no collection when I come" (1 Cor. 16:2). 

II. For the Pastor 

1 Be 100% converted and consecrated to Christ. 
Have the fullness of the Spirit. This is your first need. 

2 Study deeply, devoutly and daily the conditions 
and needs of your people, and by the grace of Heaven, 
do your very best to supply them. This, also, is essen- 
tial to real Kingdom success and prosperity. 

3 Do not put less value on bodily health and 
strength and efficiency (for, says Paul, our bodies are 
"the temples of the Holy Spirit"), but more value 
on matters of the mind and spirit. Aim well for a 
rightly-balanced, four-fold nature, and you will hit 
something worth while. 

4. Use all the sound tact and common sense you 
can muster in dealing with folks in the church and out 
of it. Do all that you know and can for attaining the 
noblest and best ends for the greatest good of the 
greatest number of people. But, never sacrifice or 
compromise any heaven-born principle to do so. 

5. Preach to please God, not men. " Itching ears " 
are not worth considering, in the pure and eternal light 
of sacred responsibility which shines powerfully and 
vitally into the very soul of the man of God, only 
that they need to be radically changed into obedient 
ears now. . 

6. As much as you can, spend time and thought in 
the sweet, inspiring and ennobling solitude of nature, 
as did the Man of Galilee, heartfeltly communing with 
the Father, and deeply drinking in her virgin in- 
fluences. Yet, mingle freely and happily in society, as 
occasion gives opportunity. 

7 Stress vigorously, in your pulpit work, the three 
m's, viz., " matter," the Bible ; " mind," the personal 
life! and " method," the best way of winning and up- 
building, through the Bible, the characters and the 
conduct of human beings. 

8. Have living faith in the honor, integrity and 
talents of your members, to the limit. As a general 
rule, in this, they will make good. Expect great things 
from them, and attempt great things for them in all 
worthy lines, and you and they will together share 
blessed, golden results. 

9. Be " temperate in all things." Be a hard-worker, 
without overdoing it ; generous, not prodigal ; economi- 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 7, 1928 



cal not miserly ; firm, not obstinate; fearless, not rash ; 
neat not overnice ; righteous, not "overmuch right- 
eous." In all things, the " golden mean " wears best. 

10. Mince no words in declaring " the whole counsel 
of God." Your account is reckoned by him, not by 
men " Let God be true, and every man a liar," if the 
test comes. Stand solid on divine truth, though the 
heavens fall ; but, they won't fall. 

U. Highly appreciate, and honestly apply soul- 
ward, this big four: Confidence, charity, courage, cour- 

12. Use these suggestions, as they may be needed, 
in the spirit and for the purpose, in which they are 
given. " We are workers together with God," our 
duties and privileges are mutual, and the high, noble 
end of it all is his supreme glory, in time and eternity. 

Johnstown, Pa. 



HOME AND FAMILY 



Grief's Master 



Selected by Anna Lesh, Gosbeti, Ind. 

Into the lives of all 

The tears of sorrow fall; 
Into the happiest hearts 

Grief drives her darts; 
No door however stout 

Can shut death's angel out. 

Vain are the things we prize. 

Treasure and pomp's disguise, 
They can not stay the tear 

When the true griefs appear. 
Where death will strike today 

Gold can not bar the way. 

There is no joy secure, 

No peace that shall endure, 
No smile that man shall keep; 

God wills that he must weep, 
And in his darkest hour, 

Vain is all earthly power. 

What, then, should guard the gate? 

How shall a man be great? 
Through the dark days and long, 

What power shall make him strong? 
Wherein does courage lie, 

Since all he loves must die? 

When sorrow binds his hands, 

Helpless the strong man stands; 
One master only grief 

Bows to, and that's belief- 
Faith that he'll some day know 
Why God hath willed it so. 

—Edgar Guest 



Children's Motives 

BY LULA R. TINKLE 

Me Alexander was a good gardener and he prided 
himself on having the best looking garden in the neigh- 
borhood. Indeed the long rows of green vegetables 
and straight clean paths made a beautiful scene. One 
evening when Mr. Alexander came into the back yard, 
tired for the day's work, what did he behold! There 
was Bobby, five years old, busy with his sprinkling 
can, watering the pretty new lettuce. But the father 
did not take notice that the lad was trying to render 
helpful service by watering the lettuce so that the 
tired parent might rest when he came home. He only 
saw that Bobby was tramping down his fine new let- 
tuce. 

"Hey you rascal, what are you up to now? Put 
that can up and don't let me see you in that garden 
again," and he gave the little fellow a shove through 
the gate. 

Bobby entered the house crestfallen and humiliated. 
He wondered just what wrong he had done and longed 
to say he was trying to help care for the garden, think- 
ing it would please father, but there was no chance for 
an explanation. "How easy it would have been to ex- 
plain to the well meaning little fellow that the lettuce 
must not be stepped on, but that he must always walk 
between the rows. Or a special section of the garden 
might have been assigned to Bobby for him to water 
and cultivate. But the father was not thinking of the 
boy and his development. He was thinking only of 
his own displeasure and the broken plants. 



The next day Mrs. Alexander was just finishing her 
sweeping and was taking up the last pile of dust when 
the door swung open and in burst little four-year-old 
Mary. " Oh, mother, just see what I have for you!" 
" Mary, Mary, just see what you have done. Now 
the wind has scattered this dust all over the floor. 
Now you get right out of here." But Mary's face was 
still beaming as she exclaimed, " See, I love you and 
have brought you a pretty bouquet just like you took 
Aunt May when she was sick." 

" Oh, for pity sake ! You have picked my sweet 
peas. I wanted them for the table. And who ever 
heard of putting dandelions in a bouquet. Now you 
throw them out and give me those sweet peas. Just 
see, you have all short stems. Now run out and don't 
ever do that again." The happy face was clouded and 
the tears rushed into the beaming eyes, but she brushed 
them away and sulked out banging the door as she 
went. 

That afternoon Mrs. Alexander was calling on her 
neighbor, Mrs. Carey. The two women visited awhile 
on the cool veranda. Mrs. Carey always had so many 
interesting things to talk about. " Oh. Mrs. Alexan- 
der, do take time to come in and see the rag rug I am 
making for the children's play room. It is going to be 
very pretty and so serviceable because it can be washed ; 
and there are always lots of foot prints left in a play 
room." As the two ladies entered the bed room Mrs. 
Carey stopped suddenly and so did her visitor. Mrs. 
Alexander's keen eyes took a sweeping glance at the 
room. "Rather a haphazard housekeeper," she 
thought to herself. But Mrs. Carey's face lighted up 
with a smile. " The dear child ! Susan told me this 
morning that she wanted to make my bed and straighten 
the room, for I was making her a new dress. See, 
she has the bedspread on crosswise, the pillows are 
crooked and the wardrobe and drawers are bulging 
with clothes just stuck in. But it's pretty good for a 
girl of six years, don't you think? Bless her heart, 
here is a bouquet of dandelions! Aren't they pretty? 
Why should we call them weeds? Her motives are 
good and I am always pleased when a child tries to help 
though it often makes more work for me. I must 
surely praise her for her efforts." 

When Mrs. Alexander went home she pondered over 
that conversation. And when her children had gone 
to bed she told her husband about the incident. It 
began to dawn upon them why their neighbor had such 
helpful children. Surely they were the kindest, most 
considerate children she had ever known. Everybody 
said the same. But somehow they had never realized 
that a patient, thoughtful mother and a kind and just 
father were always seeing good motives instead of their 
own inconveniences when the children offered a help- 
ing hand. Mrs. Alexander remembered with shame 
the rejected bouquet her own Mary had presented her 
that very morning; and Mr. Alexander remembered 
the harsh, unjust rebuke he had given Bobby m the 
carden They felt too condemned and ashamed to 
mention their deeds, but both went to bed with new 
resolutions in their hearts. 
Plymouth, Wis. 



I have three words of counsel, work! work! work!" 
An old German proverb tells us that " every day 
brings its work." Luckily it does ! Can you imagine 
happiness in a routine of meaningless actions termed 
pleasure? Can you see happiness in a world full of 
dancing, listless, shiftless people? If all the world 
were clowns, clowns could not be happy unless they 
worked to find new jokes. 

Emerson tells us that the essence of wisdom and 
happiness is found in work. " The time devoted to 
work is not lost." 

An old Spanish proverb informs us: "Envy and 
idleness married and begot curiosity," but I say: 
Work and pleasure married and begot contentment. 
The reward of work is pleasure and the sum of the 
two is contentment. 

Success is made possible through effort. Great re- 
nown is attained through hard diligent toil. For. 



Work Is a Pleasure 

BY GRACE HUFFORD 

Work is not the bugbear of civilization as we have 
often thought. Work is a pleasure! Ever since man 
was placed upon this earth he has been told that he 
should work. Because of this command he has con- 
ceived the idea that work is drudgery and not pleasure. 
Coming down through the ages we see man continually 
rebelling against work and seeking pleasure-never 
dreaming that through good work alone could he find 
happiness, for pleasure without good work is short- 
lived fickle and unsatisfying. 

Christ and his apostles were continually warning 
people against sloth, ever urging folks to be more dili- 
gent "Be rich in good works," says Paul. Be 
never ceasing in your work of faith and your labor 
of love. Be never weary in well doing. 

In a world of luxury, idleness and debauchery Vol- 
taire exclaimed: "Work is more often the father of 
pleasure "; and Bismarck: " To the youth of my land 



"The heights by great men reached and kept, 
Were not attained by sudden flight; 
But they, while their companions slept 
Were toiling upward in the night." 
Work! Do something and attempt to find true 
happiness in the endeavor. There is no better exam- 
ple of contentment than the Village Blacksmith, who, 

" Toiling, rejoicing, sorrowing, 
Onward through lilc he goes. 
Each morning sees some task begin 
Each evening sees it close. 
Something attempted, something done. 
Has earned a night's repose." 

Rossville, Ind. 

■ • > 

A Girl's Work for God 

BY MAUD MOHLER TRIMMER 

Christian girls always long to be in some active • 
service for the Lord. They yearn to do great, big. 
showy deeds, and are discouraged from making the 
first effort because they think they have no special 
talents to offer. Some even insist that they have ab- 
solutely no gift for anything. But that is a mistake. 
Every human being is endowed with at least one, per- 
haps several talents. The trouble is that most tolks are 
too blind to discover their own aptitudes or use them it 

they do. ,. . , 

Perhaps it would be well to study the lives of the 
good women and girls of the Bible to see what service 
they rendered that was acceptable to God. We find 
that Jesus recognized even so small a service as giv- 
ing a cup of cold water in his name. 

Did it ever occur to you that such a gift as your 
personal charm belongs to the Heavenly Father.' Per- 
haps you thought it was just for you to give pleasure 
to a little circle of intimate friends and relatives. Read 
the lives of Naomi, Ruth and Esther. What more 
than personal winso.neness and devotion to God, did 
they contribute to the cause? Esther has been spoken 
of as a heroic political figure, but I can not see her in 
that light When she risked her life before King 
Ahasuerus she went only because she knew her own 
life as well as that of her people would be lost if she 
did not. She won through her own charms as she 
was hostess to her husband. Esther's charm is her 
most conspicuous characteristic. It won her the favor 
of the keeper of women and of the king who became 
her husband. It is interesting that this charm con- 
sisted in being natural in appearance and manner. Of 
all the women, Esther alone came before the king v, ,th- 
out the aid of cosmetics. In fact, the only woman of 
the Bible whom I recall as being credited with an arti- 
ficial complexion is the wicked Jezebel. 

Ruth and Naomi had no other grace than that of 
being distinctly attractive in a wholesome feminine 
way! yet Ruth, a proselyte, became the ancestress of 

Je Many women of the Old and New Testaments 
served God by being wonderful mothers. Through 
them came great sons to bless the world Among the* 
mothers were Hannah, the mother of Samuel ; Joche- 
bed, the mother of Moses, Aaron and Minam; Eunice 
and Lois, the mother and grandmother of Ttmothy, 
Elisabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, »nd the 

(Continued on Page U) 




Calendar for Sunday, January 8 

Sunday-school Lesson, Jesus and the Sick.-Mark 1:21- 

Christian Workers' Meeting, The Adventures of Faith. 

Gains for the Kingdom 

Two baptisms in the Sunnyside church, Wash. 
One baptism in the Bellefontaine church, Ohio. 
Sixteen baptisms in the Roxbury church, Johnstown, Pa. 
Twelve were baptized and one restored in the Carlisle 
church, Pa. - 

. Twelve baptisms in the Tyrone church, Pa., Bro. John R. 
Snyder, pastor-evangelist. 

Si, baptisms in the Marion church, Ohio, Bro. W. R. 
Shively. pastor-evangelist. 

Four were baptized and one reinstated in the Bow Valley 
church, Arrowood, Alta., Canada. 

Eighteen baptisms in the New Enterprise congregat.on, 
Pa Bro D O. Cottrell, pastor-evangelist. 

Three additions to the Pleasant Valley church, Ohio, Bro. 
H M Coppock of Tippecanoe City, Ohio, evangelist. 

Five were baptized and one reclaimed in the Turkey 
Creek church, tad., Bro. Edw. Stump of Walkerton, tad, 
evangelist. 

Sixteen were baptized and one reclaimed in the Oakland 
church. Ohio. Bro. J. A. Robinson of Pleasant Hi", Ohio, 
evangelist. 

Fourteen were baptized and two reclaimed ... the East 
Dayton church, Ohio, Bro. R. N. Lcatherman of West 
Alexandria, Ohio, evangelist. 

* * •:• * 
Our Evangelists 

Will you share the burden which these laborers car,,! Will you 
pray lor the success of these meetings? 

Bro. R. H. Nicodemu. of Milford, tad, to begin Jan. 15 in 
the- Sidney church, Ohio. 

Bro. John R. Snyder of Tyrone, Pa., to begin Feb. 13 
in the Juniata Park church, Pa. 

Bro. H. H. Helman, pastor of the Elgin church, 111, be- 
gins Jan. 8 at New Carlisle, Ohio. 

Bro. M. J. Brougher of Greensburg, Pa, began Jan. 3 
in the Roxbury church, Johnstown, Pa. 



Personal Mention 

President W. W. Peter, of Mount Morris College and 
his family were our last visitors for 1927. 

Bro. Bon.ack took time enough off from the Student 
Volunteer Convention sessions to minister to our own 
Detroit congregation last Sunday morning. 

Sister Anna N. Crumpacker made a short stop at Elgin 
as she and her son and other friends were driving through 
from McPherson to Detroit to attend the Student Volunteer 
Convention. Bro. F. H. could not go. Ping Ting Chow is 
too far away. 

Dr. C. C. Ellis, Vice-President of Juniata College, will de- 
liver a series of religious addresses at North Manchester 
the second week of this month. He will speak four times 
at the College chapel to students and nine times at the 
Walnut Street Church of the Brethren. 

Dr. James Fra.er, Professor of Modern Languages at 
Blue Ridge College since 1913, and for many years prior to 
that time connected with the school, has passed away. The 
"B. R. C. Reflector" says: "The students of Blue Ridge 
College have in Dr. Fraser lost a staunch friend, a valuable 
counselor, and a teacher who was a master in his pro- 
fession." 

Some of our Secretaries took in the Detroit Convention 
but these forms had to be made up before they had a 
chance to tell us about it. We venture to guess that they 
found it a very significant gathering, as these quadrennial 
Student Volunteer assemblies always are. The echoes of 
the Indianapolis Convention of four years ago have hardly 
died away yet. 

Sister Bertha L. Butterbaugh says: "It is a worth-while 
feeling to he in the harness and help shoulder the work 
here in the jungles of needy India again. Our first furlough 
was pleasant and helpful. We are facing our tasks here 
with new hope and inspiration." She also says: "We can 
not do without the ' Gospel Messenger.' It is as welcome 
as our home letters." ... ,3, ,$, q, 

Miscellaneous Items 

Blue Ridge College will hold a Sunday-school Training 
Institute Jan. 28 to Feb. 1. Bible Book Study, Life of 
Christ, The Christian Family. Child Study, are some of the 
subjects announced. Secretary Ezra Flory is to be one of 
the instructors. Write the school for any information you 
desire. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 7, 1928 

Mission receipt, for Saturday, Dec 31, as listed I on this 
page total $2,473.90. This is more than tw.ee the total 
m ission receipts for the month of August, 1907-scc In the 
■Messenger' Twenty Years Ago." 

That other item in these columns notwithstanding we did 
get almost at the last minute a few echoes from the Detro. 
Convention. In live interest, in the give and I take o 
searching questions and answers, It must have fully mea 
ued UP «o any that have gone before. And apparently 
also in strong presentations of the great world evangeliza- 
tion task, and in the hopefulness with which the present 
student generation is facing it, even though it is beset w ith 
many delicate problems. We hope to hear more and that 
you 'shall have a chance to hear more, of this very signifi- 
cant gathering. 

The Circulation Man says that Joe Smith made a m.s- 
take when he ordered supplies for his Sunday-school and 
did not say that the bill was to be charged to the Srn.th- 
ville Sunday-school of Dutchtown, Ohio, and that Sally 
Brown was the treasurer. The business department sent 
the supplies and charged the bill to Joe-the only thing 
that could be done. But Joe came back all excited and 
insisted that he was not going to stand for it any longer. 
" Did not the House know the name of his Sunday-school 
and that the treasurer was Sally Brown, and that they had 
plenty of money in the treasury to pay all bills? But 
how could the House know all these things when three 
other orders came in from the same post office? Besides, 
Sunday-schools sometimes change treasurers. 
*■**.* 
A Bystander's Notes 



If the heart were otherwise, men might do many and 
wonderful things with the money they spend for luxuries. 
Thus one of our valued exchanges says editorially: "Get- 
ting down to the commonest expenditures, the price of one 
good balloon tire per family per year would put our church 
several millions ahead of what it now receives for all its 
work, local and general, at home and abroad. This page 
could be filled with such comparisons.- They are useful in 
reminding us that the American nation can support the 
enterprises it cares to support, whether beauty parlors, the 
tire industry, the tobacco trade or religion." Where are the 
members of the Church of the Brethren putting the empha- 
sis by the test of dollars spent? 

The eager reader who looks over this page with an eye 
for a bit of exciting news will be doomed to disappoint- 
ment. This sad fact came home to the Bystander as he 
sought to collect those choice morsels which are commonly 
saved for the editorial page. Just why the past week 
turned out to be a dull one from the news standpoint we do 
not know, but at this writing the page looms up as a 
problem. Since he tries to be a law-abiding citizen the 
Bystander can hardly rush forth and purchase a few Mexi- 
can documents or engage in some other high priced indis- 
cretion for the sake of rounding up two bits of news where 
all is quiet. The Bystander even hesitates to dig up twen- 
ty-year-ago items since a few readers persist in ignoring 
the heading and take the old items as current news yet 
occasionally it seems this must be done. But there is 
some compensation in the thought that no news is perhaps 
good news ; for if our people had been less busy with good 
deeds at Christmas time they might have had the leisure to 
send us more matter for this page. And no news is really 
news, since in a time of quiet the presumption is that our 
readers are about their regular duties and intent upon 
their own affairs, as all true Christians should be. Thus 
such a situation is not only news, but news of the best sort. 
And yet, since it seems to take different kinds of news to 
make the sort of paper the average reader desires, do not 
hesitate to send us news for the " Messenger." We should 
hate to have to repeat this special effort every week. 

Prohibition has a deeper moral foundation than many of 
the present generation suspect. It was not put over by a 
group of fanatics, but by the conviction and sacrifices of 
those who knew the saloon and the ancient liquor evil for 
all it meant in misery for those who were least to blame 
for its effects. The editor of " The Congregationalist " 
speaks to this point when he tells of how his own father 
worked as a boy in a store where liquor was one of the 
commodities sold. " What he saw there, including the de- 
lirium tremens of his employer, a well-disposed man when 
sober, gave him his first hatred of the liquor traffic. He 
joined Lodge No. 1 of Good Templars and began his life- 
long association with the cause of temperance." And of 
this father's later sacrifices for the cause of prohibition this 
same editor writes : " The conditions of those days when 
prohibition was becoming a movement were not such as to 
call forth hypocrisy. The prohibitionist took his stand in 
an indifferent, or hostile community. Inevitably it meant 
courage; almost invariably it meant sacrifice; and not in- 
frequently it meant either personal danger, or the imperiling 
of one's business interests, or both. One of the first tests 
of my father's new principles came at the very outset of 
his launching in business for himself. The opportunity 
came at one stroke to make more than he then possessed, 
through the offer of a highly inflated price for a property 
that he had acquired but which other parties desired for 
the site of a hotel. A hotel in those days was a drinking 



place, and my father was compelled by his convictions to de- 
cline a proposition which his poverty made alluring Inci- 
dentally, I recall the threats of those who would have 
driven him out of town, and the occasion when, on the 
repeal of some measure of county prohibition my father, 
with four other staunch prohibitionist friends, found, in the 
morning, crepe tied to his door. I emphasize these mem- 
ories only because I am sure that they typ.fy the mcmor.e 
of thousands of my readers who know the actual moral 
foundations that have constituted the real strength and de- 
termining power of a movement that only shallow ^and .11- 
informed observers have characterized as put over. 
* * * * 
In the "Messenger" Twenty Years Ago 

1„ the month of Augu.l an election was held in India and 
a native was called to the ministry. This was the first elec- 
tion for a minister held in this mission field. 

The Brethren in Nebra.ka have arranged to establish a 
mission in Omaha. This simply means that inside of a few 
years we are to have a church in that prosperous c.ty of 
the West. 

The Brethren in Wa.hington are extending the borders 
of Zion in their part of the Northwest. Recently two more 
congregations were organized, one at Olymp.a and the other 
at Seattle. 

The beautiful library building donated to the McPherson 
College Kans, by Mr. Andrew Carnegie, is now completed 
and in use. It is located directly south of the main bu.ld.ng 
and west of the dormitory. 

The financial report which we arc publishing this week 
shows that during the month of August there was received 
for the world-wide fund, $839.90; for the India m.ss.on, 
$292.32; for the Brooklyn house, $72.47, and for miscellane- 
ous purposes, $162, making a total of $1,206.31. 
* * * * 
Mission Receipts for Saturday, December 31 



,ch week the General Mission Board will report .n these columns 
a recent" diVs m.ssion receipts iron, congregations. Each week a 
differ"", day in the week will be selected until a round of the bu.mess 
days of the week is reported. 

Mingo, Pa, $100 for World-wide. 
Curlew, Iowa, $10 for World-wide. 
Midway, Pa, $100 for World-wide. 
Newton, Kans, $1 for World-wide. 
Rummel, Pa, $100 for World-wide. 
Kearney, Nebr.; $1 for World-wide. 
Annville, Pa, $22.60 for World-wide. 
Green Hill, Md, $5 for World-wide. 
Bethany, Md, $43.03 for World-wide. 
Constance, Ohio, $5 for World-wide. 
Hatfield, Pa, $125.07 for World-wide. 
Greene, Iowa, $14.01 for World-wide. 
Bloom, Kans, $10.44 for World-wide. 
Nettle Creek, Ind, $2 for World-wide. 
Monticello, Minn, $5 for World-wide. 
Price. Creek, Ohio, $8 for World-wide. 
Greenland, W. Va, $5 for World-wide. 
Ridgely, Pa, $35.65 for Africa Mission. 
Snake Spring, Pa, $10 for World-wide. 
Middle River, Va, $10 for World-wide. 
Ridge, Pa, $2 for Junior League— 1927. 
William.burg, Pa, $117 for World-wide. 
No. St. Joseph, Mo, $6 for World-wide. 
East Fairview, Pa, $15 for World-wide. 
Cooks Creek, Va, $40.25 for World-wide. 

McPherson, Kans, $5 for China Mission. 

Waterford, Calif, $19.10 for World-wide. 

Harri. Creek, Ohio, $4r80 for World-wide. 

Little Swatara, Pa, $18.54 for World-wide. 

Spring Grove, Pa, $27.33 for World-wide. 

Spring Creek, Pa, $17.75 for World-wide. 

Dallas Center, Iowa, $119 for World-wide. 

Long Lake, Mich, $10 for Home Missions. 

So. Waterloo, Iowa, $93.50 for World-wide. 

Hermo.a Beach, Calif, $26 for World-wide. 

Mechanic.burg, Pa, $11.45 for World-wide. 

Glade Run, Pa, $10 for Junior League— 1927. 

Ashland Dickey, Ohio, $54.98 for World-wide. 

West Conestoga, Pa, $113 for Home Missions. 

Lincoln, Nebr, $15.43 for Junior League— 1927. 

Hollywood, Va, $3.13 for Junior League— 1927. 

Milledgeville, 111, $21.40 for Junior League— 1927. 

West Green Tree, Pa, $35 for India Boarding School. 

Chique., Pa, $31 for World-wide; $22.50 for India Mis- 
sion. 

Sheldon, Iowa, $20 for World-wide ; $20 for Junior League 

—1927. 

Ridgely, Pa, $18.27 for Home Missions; $21.50 for India 
Share Plan. 

Roaring Spring, Pa, $26.60 for Home Missions; $50 for 
India Share Plan. 

Cloverdale, Va, $71.59 for World-wide ; $25 for support of 
Rebecca C. Wampler. 

Maiden Creek, Pa, $29.92 for Conference Budget Desig- 
nated (American Bible Society). 

Indian Creek, Pa, $50 for World-wide; $300 for support of 
Sara Shisler; $179 for Home Missions. 

Spring Run, Pa, $73 for World-wide ; $38 for B. Y. P. D. 
—1927; $99.06 for Junior League— 1927. 




AROUND THE WORLD 



War Debt Reduced One Billion 

yUrs of hec"ic spend ing which occurred some ten years ago. 

A More Hopeful Prophecy 

So many discouraging things have been said or written of 
the outlook lor American farmers that a few wo d> of a 

role during the first 200 years of our h.story. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 7, 1928 



The Hor.e Still Ha. a Place 
I, seems that the horse still has a place in American 
economic life, despite the efforts of Mr. Ford and o he s 
who have seemingly done their best to put h.m in the 
museum along with the dodo and other cunou ancient 
creatures. Thus Regis. Lefebnre has shown that >n such 
tie as New York and Chicago milk distributors seem o 
be turning with favor to the horse. The same may be said 
o cc, ice cream and coal distributors. The basis in com 
parative costs as for New York City are given as follows 
"Ice ream delivery with a team and wagon costs an aver- 
age of S130.20 per week, including salesman's «*•"«£ 
With electric truck it costs $171.54 per week: and wuh 
gasoline truck, $18671 per week." If these «■«»■«■ 
m.e and comprehensive picture of comparative costs the 
horse is still to be reckoned with as an American institution. 




THE QUIET HOUR 



i for tlio Wwkly DPTotlonal Mcrtlne Or 
rraycrful, Private Meditation. 






Famine in Shantung 

ey o£ the famine situation " 



the province of 

A ^nrvev ot tlie laminc an.u»«. — — * A 

Sifanunrchina, has revealed an a f a,hn ? -ua ton. A 

competent group -^**-*X Rcd Cross 

Tt TTe'aTt OP in the provinces of Shantung 

r,iM are facing extreme famine. Obviously the s.tua- 

quale relief. Whatever help comes must be largely 

the outside. 

Adventurous Peace 

sincere quest of peace may become. In one way or a 
American policies have served to arouse more or ess- 

ability to promote the-te^o ^^J^, of 

days before the arrival of **£%£* resul ,s in wars 
^r-b^edlfttelm::^ mobile their re- 
sources for promoting adventurous peace. 



A Ransomed Missionary 
A bit of unusual missionary history was recalled a few 
weeks ago when Miss Ellen M. Stone died at the age of 
ig.ty-onc years a, Chelsea, Mass. Readers of this page 
who can remember back to 1901 or beyond may recall that 
Sen M. Stone was the American missionary who was 
tapped bv Macedonian bandits and held for a queens 
ran on, "While returning from a teachers' convention 
'at Tanloko, Bulgaria, then a par, of W*J.«^* 
was waylaid, one member was shot, and Miss Stone and 
Mme Tsilka, wife of an Albanian missionary, were taken 
camve Th ough the American legation a. Constantinople 
no' e was served that unless $110,000 was fcrt.com. ng 
both women would face death. The board of foreign nu - 
sions appealed for aid and $72,500 was obta.ned and pad 
"lv after the' bandits had consented to a ^ 
Lace in order to allow additional subscriptions. Tor 
unate. such experiences do no, come so often t, at missio 
boards have to include ransom money in then regular 
budgets. 



Unanswered Prayer 

Rom. 8. 28; 1 Cor. 3: 21-23 
For Week Beginning January 15 
SINCE COD WILL GIVE US ALL HE HAS AND IS 

He can not give us all our childish des.res A father 
who wishes to give his son his fortune and w. S d.m..^ 
i, well dare not give the son everyth.ng he wants (James 
1:17). 
MANY OF OUR WANTS ARE FOOLISH 

Recall how many foolish things we have wanted since 
the days of our childhood. Are we sure that our wan s 
sl .ow perfect wisdom even now? What confus.on won d 
ensue if all of us got what we want (Jas. 4. 3; Job 27 . 8, 9) . 
BETTER THAN WE ASK OR THINK 

God withholds some gifts in order to make way for a gift 
of his own choosing which is infinitely better than what we 
have asked (Psa. 106:15), 
GREAT AND HIGH DESIRE 

lesus prayed some prayers that are not answered yet. So 
have all his true followers. There * -meth.ng very up - 
lifting in such great and high des.re (Matt. 6:10, John 17. 
20 21) 

ASPIRITUAL INSTEAD OF A TEMPORAL BLESSING 
A3rl . . . ., :„ *i,. fl,.*!, hut crace to 



Curiosity and Public Opinion 

On the west coast of Africa, just north of Liberia is the 
Enghs colony of Sierra-Leone. The firs, successful s - 
Hement of the colony in which Europeans had any part 
eems o have been near the end of the *"«*■?£* 
At that time hundreds of fugitive slaves aided by British 
phHanthropists were settled in ^e rra^one. Jet £. 

wmmmB 

mg for tire children of slaves were born free; yet the ,, r- 

, . „ a When Sir Tohn Simon and his wilt, rt 

for a war, 



Not"the "removal of the thorn in the flesh but grace to 
bear it (2 Cor. 12:8, 9). 
NOT WHAT OUR LIPS BUT WHAT OUR HEARTS 

GoTu never deaf to the good desires of our hearts. He 
„,ay refuse the means we ask, merely because he would 
use a better (Psa. 37:4). 

A DELAYED ANSWER MAY PREPARE FOR A FUL- 
LER MAN.FESTAT.ON OF GOD'S POWER 
When Jesus heard that La,arus was s.ek he walted-later 
to raise him from the dead (John 11 : 3, 4) I 
DISCUSSION 
How is some great and high desire, impossible of full 
realization in this life perhaps, so upl.fting? R- H. M. 



Quiet Hour Topics for 1928 



Tli 



Jan. 



Italy to Keep Her Sons 

that Italy may keep her emigrant sons. Arnaiao mun . 

of rival countries. The feeling .s said to be particularly 
feue over the tuation in Tunis, a French Protectorate on 
Ac' northern shores o, Africa. Here on lands U.at used 
support Carthage, Rome's anc.ent r.val, many Italians _nave 
settled and built up prosperous communities Indeed, the 
bans far outnumber the French Shall th.s prosperous 
French protectorate, next to Egypt the choice of lands ^upon 
North African shores and largely developed tfMjW 
Terve but to strengthen France? Tunis is separated from 
France by the whole width of the Mediterranean Sea Bu 
from Italian Sardinia and Sicily Tnn.s is separated by >u 
narrow arms of the same sea. Thus it is but natural that 
the ambitious Mussolini should look w.th envy upon a 
choice colony, logically Italian, but for practical purpose 
a French protectorate I Hence by some means or other he 
is seeking to keep Italian emigrants conscious of then old 
hMr ,e ties. Of course, such methods will decrease the 
assimilability of Italy's sons abroad and make them less 
valuable to the new land as emigrants. But in so far as 
Mussolini can keep them interested in Italy he will have 
strengthened his own hand. 



Largest Underwater Tunnel 

diameter to become the side forms y which ^a «£. 
"'I" rlhT m Dee; a d ivers Id the piumbing under water 
trough a c,-foo.p,pe com be surface abo, Li ^ ^ 

fhickness because of the method of construction. 



Quiet Hour Topics (or 19-8 

.cc of those who may wish lo 

ncc during the coming year. 

For Week Beginning 

1 Jesus' Example in Pray 

■. Luke 111 ID- , .. . 

} Does Prayer Accomplish 

Anything Apart Iron. «■* °™ 

Who Pray.? Malt. 9: 18-10! ■■ 

Jar, IS, Unanswered Prayer, Rom. 

8:' 28: 1 Cor. 3: 21-23. 
Jan 22, Three Conditions ol aUC- 
' cc.sful P'wcr, Gal. 6: 9; Luke 
Jan. 29. Christian Giving, 1 Cor. 

Feb! VTh. Value .1 Great 
Men, Malt. 23: 17; Heh. 1 U 

Feb. 12, The Min.s.ry and ,hc 
Church 1 Thcss. 5: H-23. 

Feb! 19, Learning Christ. Philpp. 

Feb. i, The Great Commi»iion, 

Malt. 28: 16-20. „ ,. 

Mar. t. Spiritual Gil... > Jr. tt 

Mar. 11. Paul's Kc».c« «< Bis 

I He 2 Tim. A: 7. B. 
Ma, 18, A. • Little Child, Matt. 
19: 13-1S. „ . K . ,, q. 

Mar 2S, Sent Forth, Matt. 9. 

U 10: 1, 5-8, 28-31. «■«. . 
Apr. I. Bought With a rr.ee, 1 
Cor. 6: 19. 20. „ ._ . . 

Apr 8, The Fruits ol Sacfical 

Love 2 Cor. 4: 218. 
Apr IS. A Living Sacrif.cc. Rom. 

Aw 22,'in the Beginning Was 

the Word, John 1: 1-S. 
Apr. 29. Without Ch„st. Rom. 1. 

MaV'o. Mother'. Day, Prov. 31: 

MaVli. The Value ol the Church 

to Me. Gal. 4: 26. 
May 20. The Heal Church Mem- 

MayV. The' Church Sending Ou, 

jStsr+Zi vouth. 

Ju^Vrray'e 2 ; lor Our Cooler- 
ence. Acts 15. „, 

June 17, Intercession lor Our la- 
ucational Work, 2 T,m. I.MS. 

tune 24, A Missionary's Sacri- 
fice. Matt. 10: 34-39. 

July 1, The Meaning of Patriot 
ism. Psa- 137 



llc published here (or the con- 
clip out the list and save ,t lor 

July 8. The Au.hority ol the 

Church. Matt. 6: 1322. 
July 15, Unity ol Believers, John 



'July 22. The Charge to Joshua, 

Josh. I: 1-9. 
July 29. When Everyone Docs rli> 

Pari, 1 Cor. 12. 
Aug. 5, Lot's Escape from Sod- 
om, Gen. 19: 15-22. 
Aug 12. Bartering Lile lor Pot- 
tage, Gen. 27: 1-29. 
Aug. 19, Every-Member Evangel- 

i„n. Acts 1: 6-11. 
Aug. 26, Prayer lor .he Financial 
Support ol Our Church Work. 
Mai. 3: 8-12. 
Sept. 2, Brotherhood, Matt. 23: 

Sept" 9, Soul-Winning, Mark 1: 

14-20. 
Sepi. 16. The Lord's Prayer I. 

Matt. 6: 5-15. 
Sept 23. The Lord's Prayer II, 
" Heb. 12: 22-29. 
Sept. 30, The Lotd's Prayer III, 

Mail. 1): 31-33. 
Oct 1. The Lord's Prayer IV, 

John 14: 15-21. 
Oct. 8, The • Lord's Prayer V, 

Matt. 6: 25-34. 
Oct 15, The Lord's Prayer VI. 

Matt. 18: 23-35. 
Oct. 22, The Lord's Prayer VII. 

Rom. 7: 14-25. 
Oct. 29. Not a Tenth. But All. 1 
Cor. 6. _ . 

Nov. 5. Jesns and the Samar.- 

tan Woman. John 4: 1-26. 
Nov 12 Transfiguration ol Jesus. 

Mat.. 17: 1-9. .. _ 

Nov. 19. " I Am Debtor,' Rom. 

1: 1-17. ,. 

Nov. 26, Thy Kingdom Come, 

Rev. 21: 1-8. . 

Dec 3. The Unpardonable Sin. 

Mark 3: 22-30 . 

Dec. 10. Celebratms Chr.slma, to 

the Glory ol God. Col 3. 17- 
Dec. 17. Temptation of Jesus. 

Dec' 24, The Word Became Flesh, 

John l! 1-18- . . , r „ r 

Dec 31. Self-Examinai.on, 1 Cor. 

17-34. 



One^BMhoTin Philanthropic Foundation. 

The Philanthropic foundations o| : the "'j";^^" 
one billion dollars invested ;;" r ^^ m , dat ; ons are the 
in stocks and bonds. Th* 'wo news. -,,„ d th< . 

Rockefeller foundation w.,h hold *| ^^"V fir5t „ 
Carnegie corporation w.th about , . 
invested principally in stocks and the latter 



10 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 7 



1928 



"Making Home Like Heaven' 



(Continued From Page 3) 

- but I want you to go with me." " Put it off V' she 
rented « I haven't time now. I must attend a bridge 
iTtv " He did put it off not only for the time being 
bu for eternity. I. became the parting of the ways 

rn and fed to the broad and thickly populated 
way along which he beeame a wretched criminal Too 

1 e in lathis mother sought to lead him to God. and 
on her bended knees she earnestly petitioned her God 
that he might yet be saved. 

Build home/where God can be with your ^.Idren 
every day in temptation, in their joys and m their sor 
that when the day of choice faces them, they 
my know which way to turn. Let Jesus be present at 
"very meal and at every conversation, so that when 
any*- in doubt they may ask themselves and each 
other: "What would Jesus do?' 

Any home can be like heaven if God .s >nv> ted to be 
its head and if its builders are willing to pay the price 
Love is indeed an exacting taskm.stress, but t the 
most wonderful of all investments when .t is lmked 
with the love of God. It brings returns » "ciprocated 
love It brings joy, peace and rest, and all that counts 
'for most, /brings assurance of the home ,» heav^ 
In my own experience I have seen homes that were 
mo re like hell than heaven and always they have been 
places where misery and tragedy took their toll. God 
pity the home that knows not God God mty the chiM 
that never hears the name of God except as taken m 
vain How well we attend to all the phys.cal needs of the 
child-food, clothing and education-and neglect al- 
most altogether the highest things m life. Food w>l 
waste away ; clothes will tear and fray ; but a character 
built in a Christian home in the atmosphere of uod, is 

P Tet n u Tbuild our homes on the pattern of heaven, 
that the Father's many mansions may be extended on 
earth. The name home should spell love to its 
children, and point the way to heaven. It should lead 
every member to know that "the Lord is my Shep- 
herd" and " I shall not want," because of the Bread of 
Heaven there is sufficient for all and to spare. Heaven 
needs to be felt in the atmosphere of the home, then 
God will be felt. In such a home it will not be w.cked 
to be happy, for a home like heaven is the happiest 
place on earth. We make the home atmosphere by 
the way we live together. If we can ask each other 
"What would Jesus do?" when difficulties ar.se and 
misunderstandings, he himself will answer and tell us, 
"Love covereth a multitude of sins." Jesus, as he 
always did when all seemed dark, turned to the Father 
as h'e did on the cross and said: "Into thy hands I 
commend my spirit." So God can make our spirits 
what they ought to be, and under his guidance they 
will create a loving atmosphere. I am gomg to place 
my home in the hands of God just as I have placed 
my life I know he is planning my life since I com- 
mitted it to his care. I have had every evidence to prove 
it I have confidence that if I ask him he will plan my 
home and make it a little bit of heaven. One great 
thin« I have fully decided in the last few years, which 
I wish all could decide, is this— I can not get along 
without my God and I have no desire to try. Let us 
carry such a resolution into the building of our homes 
and heaven will be nearer. Why should we not have 
a taste of heaven while here on earth? It is not wealth 
or luxury that makes a home. Home's greatest treas- 
ures are not kept in human banks, but from the hands 
of God they- are disseminated among the members of 
the home so that each is ready to bear another's bur- 
den. It was to bear another's burdens that Jesus left 
his beautiful home to enter the sordid homes of earth, 
to fill them with the things of heaven— love, joy, rest 
and peace. 

The home that is like heaven has many things to 
recommend it. In it will be heard the words that never 
die. We have been told that kind words never (lie. 
Like good seed they spring up and bear fruit a hun- 
dredfold, not only here, but in the great beyond. The 
influence of such a home is engraved on the hearts and 
lives of its children, until the mother's children shall 
rise up and call her blessed because she has imprinted 
on them an ineffaceable picture of all that is noble and 



good As the threads of life are woven here in the 
horn that is like heaven, instead of character soiled m 
the dust and evil of the world, will be seen a pattern 
of the Christ If you can help your children to pattern 
t r Je u you will have succeeded in making your 
home like heaven. In such a home as this we shall 
taTrest after our labors; here all our tears will be 
w pedTway. A common tie of love to God w. 1 unite 
I , P n perfect understanding, and give the desire and 
inspiration to serve, for God will reign over all. Here 
it will never be too much trouble to answer the ques- 
ons of the children, but as their minds search fo 
light they will be turned to him who is the Source of all 
wisdom and knowledge. 

In such a home the little children will be safe for 
they will be guarded by the angels of heaven- 
who knows the fall of every sparrow, will not have 
ess care for those who have been created ."his own 
m age. I have read somewhere how in a certain throne 
room in a beautiful palace, are arranged -ny valuable 
and beautiful jewels in full v.ew of all who enten 
No human guards are near to protec them from 
the thieving hand, but over and around them shoo 
out tongues of electricity. Electricity , but on 
of the powers of God put to use by man. But 
the Spirit of God himself enthroned in the home 
is more effective than all the tongues of elec- 
tricity; he will give full protection to the little jewels 
that are given life there. 

In Mr. Chapman's book, he speaks of a certain 
Chicago business man, who on returning home, finds 
that his little boy is dying. Mother and father decide 
the little fellow must be told, and it falls to the father 
to tell him. Sitting by his bedside he told the dying 
boy the verdict of the physician, that shortly he would 
be leaving for heaven. Then the father .turned away 
sobbing as if his heart would break for he loved his 
boy. " Don't cry, daddy," said the little fellow If I 
am to see Jesus soon, the moment I see h.m I shall tell 
him that ever since I can remember you have tried 
to lead me to him." Could our children say the same 
of us? It would be beautiful to think they could, and 
it is ours to make possible such a tribute. 

If our children come into physical danger, how we 
fret and worry. It doesn't take words to explain why 
mother and father will risk their lives to save the 
body of their boy or girl. The simple explanation 
love explains it all. But the love of God goes yet 
deeper It should be in the home as the attar of roses, 
permeating all it touches until all are saturated with 
its fragrance. Then it will be apparent to all why 
home has become like heaven. Heaven is heaven be- 
cause God it there. Home will be a part of heaven 
when God is found there also. 
Wiley, Colo. ^^ 



I, will be observed that this sequence of production 
is very analogous to the complementary relation we 



The World and the Word 



Tbo Mak.r ol the World 1. the Author ol the Word 
BY QUINCY LECKRONE 

In Ttuo Parts— Part Two 
The Bible begins its wondrous narrative with a 
majestic grandeur that sweeps across the limitless 
void and over countless ages recording God's answer 
to the riddle of the universe. 

In a simple sentence of seven Hebrew words com- 
posed of just four times seven letters there is told all 
we know about creation. 

" In the beginning God created the heavens and the 
earth." 

All that follows in the Book is a narrative dealing 
with readjustment, reconciliation and redemption. 

Six days of work and a day of rest, seven in all, 
initiates the fundamental principle of the symbolic 
number seven that saturates all nature and is carried 
over into the mysteries of revelation. 

Analyzing the work done in these six working days 
we find that the first three days were spent in bring- 
ing forth the primary elements : light, air, and water, 
and dry land. We call these primary elements be- 
cause they are absolutely essential to all that is to 
follow. 

In the second three days were brought forth the 
light bearers, sun, moon and stars; fowls and fishes 
and land animals. 



bir^n T«ist between the primary and sec 
ondary colors, as well as that between the major 
and minor triads of the musical scale. 

That produced in the first triad of days is essen- 
tial to plant life and that produced in the second triad 
' 'days' is essential to human life These two form 
of life are the highest forms of «*«■•■■** 
gether they form the seventh unit of the heptad of 
things brought forth in these two triads of days. 

You will observe further that aside from the open- 
ing statement no mention is made of the creation of 
th°e material earth. This was done in the begin- 
ning" At the time when the work was done as re 
Zed in Genesis, the earth -s already in existence 
though it was " without form and voul. The thmg 
recorded in Genesis are not the story of a literal ^erea 
tion, this was done in that then far away begin- 
ninc" The Genesis narration is the story of how 
Lgs were made out of material already existing. 
Tta narrative says: "The spirit of God moved upon 
the face of the waters." This is the first recorded 
activity, and immediately out of chaos order began to 
develop. A perfect system of harmonious relations 
began to permeate all things, and God, from the time 
his Spirit first moved in the earth, wonderfully re- 
veals himself through a uniformly universal principle 
which has become fundamental throughout all crea- 
tion and all revelation. 

Man and God, Triune Being. 

The Scriptures make it plain that man is a triune 
being consisting of body, soul and spirit They also 
declare that God is a triune Being, Father, Son and 

Holy Spirit. . . . 

If we arrange these triads with reference to their 
complementary relations we have a heptad identical 
with that produced by the law of colors and s.m.lar 
to that found in the musical octave. 

Body, soul and spirit, the triad of man, have respec- 
tively their complements in Father, Son and Holy 
Spirit, the triad of God. 

When man and God are in harmony, like the per- 
fect blending of all the colors producing one unit or 
the upper and lower tones of the musical octave, they 
are essentially one. One in the sense that Jesus said: 
" I and my Father are one." They thus become the 
valent unit in the heptad of God and man. 

The Shepherd Paalm 

The opening statement of the Twenty-third Psalm 
contains the central thought around which cluster, 
like the crystals of the snowflake, all the jest of the 
psalm. It is expressed in two sentences: 1 he Lord 
is my shepherd " and " I shall not want." 

The thought is that of divine benevolence meeting 
human necessity. 

Everything else in the Psalm is in elaboration of 
this central thought. 

The first triad of thoughts, following the opening 
statements, refer to this present life and express what 
David believed the Lord was doing for him. 

(1) "He maketh me to lie down in green pas- 
tures: He leadcth me beside the still waters." Here 
we have food and drink supplied for the body. 

(2) "He restoreth my soul" All have sinned 
and the wages of sin is death, but God the Son atoned 
for sin and the soul is restored. 

(3) "He leadeth me in Paths of righteousness. 
By the guidance of the Holy Spirit the Great Shep- 
herd leads us in right paths. 

Why does he'do all this? " For his name's sake. 
David has now reached the end of his contempla- 
tion of the earthly life. He now looks into the future 
and wonders what will become of him when he dies. 
The second triad of thoughts contemplate the fu- 
ture and express confidence in the Great Shepherd to 
provide for every need. 

(1) "Yea, though I walk through the valley of 
the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou 
art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me 
The Father who provided food and drink on earth 
will not forsake us in the shadow of death. 

(2) "Thou preparest a table before me m the 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 7, 192ft 



Presence of mine enemies." The Son of God who re- 
stores the soul will sit at the head of the table when 
we feast with him in heaven. 

(3) "Thou anointest my head with oil." Oil is 
the symbol of the sealing of the soul for service by 
the power of the Holy Ghost. It signifies a full 
acceptance in the service of the great eternal Shep- 

he What is the result of all these things? "My cup 
runneth over." More than I deserve is given to me. 
Then with one grand sweeping compound state- 
ment he sums up the whole earthly and heavenly 
provisions made for us by the Great Shepherd. 
"Surely goodness and mercy slu.ll follow me all the 
days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the 
Lord forever." 

In the first of these triads David is speaking as one 
who walks by faith and it is proper for him to use 
the pronoun he in referring to the great Shepherd. 

In the second of the triads he speaks as one who 
stands in the presence of God, as one who sees him 
as he is; hence he uses the pronoun thou and directly 
addresses the great Shepherd. 

Surely no more beautiful thoughts were ever 
penned in literature or made to cluster around one 
nucleus of thought with such symmetry of expression 
and such harmony of sentiment. 

God is the Author of beauty, of symmetry and of 
harmony. When his Spirit " moved upon the face 
of the waters " it was a manifestation of the universal 
law that pulsates through all creation and likewise 
glorifies the sentiments expressed in revelation. 

Literally multitudes of such symmetrical arrange- 
ments are to be found in sacred literature. We will 
look at just one more. 

The Sayings of Je.us Upon the Cro.« 

The theme of the Bible is redemption and the 
cardinal truths relating to it cluster around the cross. 

While Jesus was upon the cross he gave utterance 
to seven thoughts expressed in the perfectly balanced 
symmetry of which the number of words used were 
just seven times seven. Three of these sayings were 
recorded by Luke, three by John and one by Matthew 
and Mark. Three of them were uttered while it was 
light; they are expressions of his concern for others. 
First, he thought of his enemies: 

(1) ■■Father, forgive them for they know not 
what they do." 

Then lie thought of his friends: 

(2) " Verily I I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be 
with me in paradise." 

Then he thought of his mother : 

(3) " Woman, behold thy son! . . ■ Behold 
thv mother!" 

As the darkness came upon the earth he thought ot 

himself. _ )t 

(1) Of his body he said: "I thirst. 

(2) Of his soul he said: " It is finished." 

(3) Of his spirit he said: "Father, into thy 
hands I commend my spirit." 

Then in the deepest of the darkness, when the 
agony of his soul had reached the climax, he cried out 
with a loud voice, saying: " Eloi, Eh,, lama 
sabachthani?" 

Where in all the realm of literature, outside of the 
Bible, can such marvelous illustrations of the sym- 
metrical arrangement of thought and expression, even 
to the number of words that were used, be found- 
all of which are in such perfect harmony with the 
known scientific laws governing the phenomena of 
nature. 

It can not be conceived that men, far removed in 
space, time and interests, would so completely be 
governed by the same apparent law if there were no 
such law. 

Granting the fact that in nature such universal 
laws do exist, it follows then that Moses, David, Jesus 
and the apostles must have known them from a scien- 
tific standpoint and studiously applied them, or they 
must have been moved by the same Spirit of divine 
guidance who put these laws of nature into the uni- 
verse. 

Truly, "All scripture is given by inspiration of 



God," and, " Holy men of old spake as they were 
moved by the Holy Ghost." 

The God who made the world is the Author of the 
Word. , 

Columbus, Ohh. 



A Girl's Work for God 

(Continued From Page 7) 

Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, and James, the bishop 
of Jerusalem. . 

Girls and women like to entertain and there is Bib e 
precedent for this service. The widow of Zarephath, 
who fed Elijah; the Shunammite woman- who built a 
room for Elisha; Sarah, who entertained angels; and 
Mary and Martha of Bethany, all had this grace. 

A voice may be used for the Lord. The songs of 
Miriam, Deborah, and the Virgin Mary were found 
worthy of being incorporated in the Bible. These 
women composed the words of their songs, so author- 
ship has been used for God. , 

That the ability to teach and the power to speak in 
public may be acceptable in God's work is shown by 
the lives of Miriam and the prophetess Anna, who 
thanked Jehovah for the advent of the Infant Jesus. 

The ability to sew garments was put to good use by 
Dorcas and the Israelitish women, who used their skill 
in fine embroidery for the priests' garments and their 
power to spin in making the draperies of the tabernacle. 
Generosity was approved in the widow who gave the 
mite (which was a huge gift, being her living), in the 
women who gave their money, jewels and substance to 
the tabernacle, in the Christian women who made 
offerings for the support of the apostles and in Mary 
Magdalene who gave her precious ointment to Jesus 
and the other woman who did the same 

I imagine Deborah was somewhat of a suffragette. 
She was a political leader in her day. 
Sarah was praised by Paul for her faith. 
In the days of the Bible, women served God by do- 
ing needlework, by raising good children, by hospi- 
tality by song, leadership in politics and war and by 
personal charm. All these opportunities and more are 
open to modern women. 

No service is too, small to be acceptable. It is of 
value to fill a pew punctually each Sunday. Merely 
attending church regularly sets a good example. A 
smile may save a soul. The women of today who 
play musical instruments, or who sketch or paint, have 
many chances for service. The girl who loves flowers 
may be valuable. She may decorate the church and 
she may send her posies to the sick and the shut-ins 
She will be needed to arrange the flora trimmings for 
banquets. The girl who can make candy will find de- 
mand for her product. 

There is no talent of use to the world or to the fam- 
ily that may not be turned to account for the Lord. 
What we need is keen eyes to discover needs and a 
determination to fill them. Be assured that any talent 
dedicated to God will grow and grow t, 1 ,t reach a 
size not anticipated by its. owner. A girl w ™ 
a business to speak for her young peop e s society 
when requested to do so became a good | lecturer^ ^ An- 
other girl who wrote much for the publications of her 
church is now one of the foremost of our American 
women writers. Play fair with God. He ,s always 
more than generous to you. 
Long Beach, Calif. 



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another person." It is wonderful to have a friend. It 
is greater yet to be a friend. 

Having this assured resting of the mind upon the 
trustworthiness of another individual what of the 
tragedy of betrayal on the part of the one trusted.' 
Treachery ! The Websterian definition is : " Violation 
of allegiance or of faith and confidence." Treachery 
is first learned of when the angel. Lucifer, conspired 
to make himself greater than Jehovah. It is next 
heard of in the garden of Eden when the serpent per- 
suaded Mother Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit. Its 
culmination of evil took place in the garden of Gethsem- 
ane when the archtraitor, Judas, said to the Roman 
guards: "Whomsoever I shall kiss that same is he; 
take him, and lead him away safely." And straight- 
way he went and kissed the Master and betrayed h.m 
into the power of his enemies. Every betrayer of 
friendship is a Judas and every practitioner of deceit 
is allied with him in the betrayal of trust and respect. 
The Psalmist makes perfidy of this kind a very serious 
matter " He that worketh deceit shall not dwell with- 
in my house; he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my 

sight." 

Treachery under the law of civil government is pun- 
ished by impeachment and loss of position and power. 
Treachery in army circles means death to the one who 
betrays the trust imposed in him. Treachery between 
friends means the same-death to the fine, strong force 
of feeling known as respect-the basis upon which 
true, loyal friendship is built. 
Ashland, Ohio. 



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The Judas Act 

BY OMA KARN 

Fr.enos play an important part in the life of an 
individual. "I have called you friends, ™r Savior 
a to the tested little group with whom he ha sur- 
rounded himself, thus investing friendship with a «ry 
high value in human relationship. In him, the Friend 
o friends, the spirit of true friendship has its origin. 
"My friends came to me unsought," says Emerson 
"The great God gave them to me. . . ^ A " 
a person with whom I can be sincere. Before him I 
may think aloud." We trust the person before whom 
we will think aloud. Trust, in relation to fnendslup 
is defined as, " The assured resting of the mind o the 
integrity, veracity, justice, or other sound principle of 



The Girl Who Makes Her Tomorrows Easy 

HV GEORGE W. TUTTLE 

Here she is, the winsome, smiling girl who makes 
her tomorrows easyl Shall we not study her, analyze 
her methods, discover her secrets, and share her bless- 
ings? Why should tomorrow seem like a pleasant vista 
to one girl and a nightmare to another? Come, Laura 
Doane, we shall see if your methods are a secret. 

Look there sits Laura, needle in hand! She is taking 
the stitch in time that saves nine I How different .ran 
Mabel Severance; when she had a slight accident to 
her skirt she said; "Oh, bother; I can't stop to fix 
that now ! " Now the skirt is ruined and I overheard 
her say to her poor, hard working father ; Daddy, 1 
just must have a new skirt this week; tins one is 

Took there sits Laura, book in hand ! She is taking 
today's 'lessons; she is so thorough with today that to- 
morrow's hard lesson will be robbed of its terrors- 
have its teeth drawn, we might say. Now her chum, 
Mabel, skips over a lesson so quickly that she gets none 
of the cream. Alas for her hop-skip-and-]ump method. 
Does she not jump from the frying pan into the fire 
Laura uses her head to save her heels, as the old 
saying goes. She has no occasion to say: O mother 
bu, I must go down to the library, right off ; my book 
was overdue yesterday," as Mabel said when her moth- 
er was needing a bit of girl help very badly Laura 
figures ahead and manages to return her book before * 
is overdue, and without the necessity of a long extra 
walk-yes, and the necessity of parting with her pre- 
cious pennies because her library book was overdue. 
' One girl's method is so simple-Laura simply does 
today's work today. Mabel is just simple enough to 
defer everything possible until tomorrow Which W.H 
make the neater housewife? Which will have the more 
attractive home in later days ? Will one girl make a tad 
ure of life, and the other a -ccess ? What abou a so - 
d ,er who would say: " I don't feel like fighting today 
tomorrow I will fight "? A humorous story is told of 
two farmer boys who shipped before the mast A 
storm came up and the boys were both s.ck and tight- 
ened. John went to the captain and said: Captain. 
Sam and I would like a day off." 

Laura is kind, thoughtful and unselfish. In her mo- 
unts of need her friends hasten to say: Let me 
help " Does not simple kindness help to make her to- 
morrows easy? Mabel makes her tomorrows hard by 
her selfishness of today. Thus both girls reap as they 
have sown. 

Pasadena, Calif. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 7, 



1928 



The Kingdom of God in the Country 

(Conlinuta From Page S) 

. „« It is si<mificant, that out of the one thou- 

fi And this personal fitness is shown by his 

tionships. This is a joyous conforming to the two 
dLtioned program of persona, righteousness .and £ 
cial service, as taught and lived by Christ To seek fir 
the Kingdom of God is to have it within and express 
t whhout It is a soul quality that flows out in love to 
all men in ever widening circle,. It cooperates or the 
mmon welfare of all mankind." For ^ » 
•• Master Farmer " is required to take an active * 
esHn school affairs, to go to church at least th.^fiv 
times a year, and is given extra points for active in 
££ in and support of the church. But mark to, 
« If known in the community as a knocker on com 
munity enterprises, make full deduction. 

Verily the time is here when the first things of life 
are striving for first place, when the spiritual concept 
o living is beginning to deliver us from the dominion 
o nse things, when •'better living" must become 
the high purpose of one and all. The common welfare 
of all is the one and unvarying motive of Jesus' life 
and teachings. This motive is the chief corner ston 
in the building of a better community Let rural 
preachers and sociologists make this their common 
theme. When our text has a chance, it will raise the 
common life of the community to its highest possible 
terms. This is the Kingdom of God come to the 
country. 
New Bethlehem, Pa. 



On the Mountain 

BY D. D. THOMAS 

Matthew and Mark say " after six days," but Luke 
says- "It came to pass about eight days after these 
sayings." The same "sayings" are recorded by all 
three It is said that they went up in the mountain to 
pray Although he was the Son of God, the Master 
did much praying, and once it is recorded that he went 
up into the mountain alone, and that he prayed all 
night The longer I live the more I think that in most 
of us the brevity of our prayers discounts our blessing. 
It is not likely that in our prayer closets -we pray to be 
heard of men. We can not get into the mountain of 
prayer in ten minutes. 

I love in solitude to shed 

The penitential tear, 
And all his promises to plead 
Where none but God can hear. 

I The transfiguration came through prayer. Notice, 

" And as he was praying." The things that are re- 
corded are for our edification, and the things that he 
did are for our example. The fashion of his counte- 
nance was changed, and his raiment became white 
and dazzling. One can not think that if Jesus was 
the Son of God he needed help as much as we, and yet 
he gave more time to prayer than it seems many did 
in his day or do today. His burdens were greater than 
had come to any other one. He was subject to like 
passions as we are. In these temptations he sought his 
Father's help. What a grand Example of resignation 
to that great Source from which all help cometh ! 

His whole person was affected by the blessing that 
came through the light on the mountain. He was 
ushered into the presence of the heavenly visitors. It 
might have been a question how Jesus and the disciples 
knew who they were. Did they have a name tagged on 
them as the cartoons have today? The names of per- 
sons in glory are impressed more deeply than any literal 
sign could give it. Because he was divine, one can see 
how the Master knew ; because they were human wit- 
nesses it was revealed to them. They knew that one 
was Moses and they knew that the other was Elijah. 
It is said that the three appeared in glory. The 
description is more in detail in the Master's case. The 
wonders of it affrighted the disciples, but upon the 
whole strengthened them. One cannot see but that the 
Lord gave to Peter just what he should say, and just 
what adapted itself so that the lesson might be brought 



out It is declared that Peter did not know what he 
saw but I think that he heard the voice from the 
uds clearly. Most people cannot speak so well when 
affrighted, but in Peter's case that always seemed to 
Z tin, something to say, and this occasion no doubt 

V T« n seemed to me that if 
what the conversation was among the three on the 
mountain, it would be a great satisfaction. Luke says 
tot hey spake " of his decease which he was about to 
that tney i „ T h me eting they 

accomplish at Jerusalem. =»" 

would be expected to talk about what seemed the great 
st subject a', the time; but they did better than hat 
they talked about the greatest subject of all time. 
Those heavenly beings that had once lived upon ear*, 
returned to give all their honor and glory to him. 
Tnese two, one as a lawgiver and the other as a proph- 
et had accomplished wonders in their day. But at 
the transfiguration they came and laid their trophies a 
the feet of One who came to fufill the law and the 

Pro 'To tS fulfi.l the law." What a field is opened up! 
■•Thou shalt no. kill," is changed into Thou shalt 
not hate," and developed into thou shalt love. Thou 
shalt not steal and thou shalt not lie are brushed from 
the slate by that which is the " fulfilling of the law. 
The command for the Sabbath is developed in keeping 
holy every day; going to the temple to pray is broad- 
ened into praying without ceasing; the offering up of 
sacrifices is changed to presenting our bodies a living 
sacrifice, holy and acceptable, which is our reasonable 
service The law was satisfied in him and the proph- 
ecies were fulfilled in him; their authors came and 
submitted to him. Thanks be to God for his unspeak- 

ab The grandeur and the novelty of the scene startled 
Peter into saying something. And although it is de- 
clared that he did not know what he was saying, yet 
many a man has followed the voice of Peter rather than 
the voice of God. At Mesa in Arizona people were 
led through a temple where life-sized portraits of 
Joseph and Hiram Smith were drawn on the wall. 
Here was a tabernacle built for other than the Christ. 
Some men build a tabernacle for the honor and glory 
of this world. But, the voice that came from heaven, 
and no doubt it was God's voice, said: " This is my be- 
loved Son, . . . hear ye him." 

" No man cometh unto the Father but by me ( John 
14-6) Let us go back to the three on the mountain 
I think that Moses and Elijah had heard the voice of 
the Christ before this. Moses may never have talked 
with Elijah, but with the Christ perhaps both of them 
talked. Moses lived many years before Elijah, yet 
Jesus says: "Verily, verily I say unto you, Be ore 
Abraham was, I am." He was not in the body then 
but he says he existed. And because Moses and Elijah 
were prophets, he likely talked to both of them. I like 
to think of these things as being nigh at hand and not 
remote from one another. But the greatest of the 
three, acknowledged so, was passing through the great- 
est ordeal. 

It is said that when Jesus was tempted of the Devil 
after he had fasted forty days and forty nights, and 
had stood the tests, the angels came and ministered 
unto him. When he was in the garden of Gethsemane 
while crying to God in his anguish, an angel came and 
strengthened him. And may it not be that the mission 
of Moses and Elijah on this mountaintop was some- 
what similar to the work the angels did? For this 
ordeal was far too great for one in the flesh, for an 
innocent one to suffer. So may they not have been 
present for the purpose suggested? 

Up to the time of his apprehension there seem to 
have been helps of that sort given to him. The last 
time that the help came was in the garden. When the 
soldiers took him the disciples all forsook him and fled. 
Then it was that he " trod the winepress alone." The 
load of the cross was too much for him as they went 
toward Calvary. But, no angel came to minister to 
him! Simon the Cyrenian was compelled to bear it 
for him. But, by the strength of these encouragements 
he was able to accomplish his death at Jerusalem. To 
complete it and declare : " It is finished." 

The last thing that is said to have happened upon 



the mountain is not to be thought of as small. " And 
when the voice came Jesus was found alone. No 
chance was given to suggest that any other was desig- 
nated, for there was no other. The law and the 
prophets were gone. Of him it was said Hear ye 
him " There is no other Way ; there is no other Name. 
Glendak, Ark. 



Stewardship 

BY LEANDER SMITH 

I AM wondering if our brethren and sisters realize 
that they are stewards of God Almighty and that some 
day they must give an account of their stewardship 
to him? If we could only get our people to realize 
their responsibility as stewards of God's one-tenth we 
would soon solve all of our financial problems. 

Brethren, what are we doing with the Lord's one- 
tenth? Is it not a fact we are spending it and putting It 
into channels that the Lord would not approve of 
How many of us would be willing to have the Lord 
audit our account? What I am trying to do is to 
arouse our people and get them to thinking, and also 
realize their duty as stewards. I could write a full 
pa»e on tithing; but there has been so much said on 
tithing I think the time has come when we as pastors 
should stress stewardship (which includes tithing also). 
Oh, brother pastor, stop, look and listen to our great 
Commander when he says, "Bring ye all tithes into 
the storehouse and prove me and see if I will not 
open the windows of heaven and pour you out Mess- 
ina that there shall not be room to receive it Do 
we believe this? If so, let us not rob God any longer, 
but begin today to give him his tenth. 
Myrtle Point, Oregon. 

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Sunshine and Shadows 

BY ESTELLA HOWEE 

A sunny life, that is the desire of all hearts. To 
some it is given to bask in the sunshine made by 
others; to many comes the necessity of making their 
own days bright, even to fight away the shadows that 
threaten and the storm clouds that lower. But if there 
were no dark days, would we appreciate the sunny 
ones? If there were no earth, with its troubles and 
trials would there be any need of a high heaven? The 
contrast comes in order that we may properly appre- 
ciate and enjoy life. 

A sunny disposition is as a beacon in a dark hour. 
It radiates light and joy. It does far more good in 
this world than all the fear of a stern hereafter. It 
throws its beams afar, and just as surely as they are 
sent forth, so they are reflected upon the pathway of 
the sender There is no sunshine lost in this old world 
of ours. For every little ray there is a hungry heart 
waiting to be made more cheerful, some darkened life 
that needs just that little gleam. 

But there is a value, likewise in the shadow— a value 
that is understood by all those upon whose pathway 
it has fallen. Is it not true that when one stands in 
the sun his eyes are dazzled so that it is hard to see 
far beyond himself? And is it not also true that it 
takes a dark day, when the sun is less bright, to give 
us si»ht into the mysteries that lie beyond? The Val- 
ley of Shadow is the Valley of Vision after all, and 
pain is the greatest teacher that humanity has ever 

known. 

It is when his heavy hand is laid upon us that we 
see the trials and troubles of this world in their true 
proportion. Then all pride is blotted out for the 
time and we are able to see beyond ourselves. Thus 
sorrow brings out the best in a strong character. 

Soul sunshine is the gold of happiness, hut many 
times it lies at the end of the rainbow that spans the 
sky after the storm. Yet unlike the proverbial treas- 
ure it may be gained after a long journey up the hill 
of endeavor. There is nothing impossible about the 
realization, but for some the hill is steeper than for 
others Perhaps that is only, in the seeming, for no 
one can gauge the height and difficulty of another s 
endeavor. , 

It is a strange anomaly that those for whom the 
world holds, or has held the most shadow, are the 



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„ rv ones who gather sunshine and spread it on the 
lathway of others. And the reflection helps to banish 
the lurking shadows of their own lives. 

As ong as a human life shall last there will be those 
to of "heir own free will choose to live m the shad . 
S h Xn is hUe the tombstone with the legend;. 
"Here ties one who is dead to the sunshine of hfc 
There are many sins of which we have heard fom 
our youth up, but there is no greater sin-to jto take 
Lav either from ourselves or others, the God-given 
gh 't happiness that was born into the world with 
each oul Therefore, let us stand out of our neigh- 
bor" that we may stand in the light bes.de him 
It i but reasonable and right that there should be 
noMt to our forgiveness of «(*-.- 
-.11,, when we recollect how merciiul God has been 
° ^ n forging us our sins of the past and how 
Ich we desire his mercy to continue toward us. 
Uorth Manchester, htd. 

^CORRESPONDENCE J 

THANKSGIVING DAY AT NOCONA 

it was indeed a pleasure to spend a ay o tro t 1 

"teaching and admontshing one ™°*£ m P hearts 
hymns and spiritual songs, -^^the Messages by 

^gtl^o/h^^^-n, and the manifesta- 
tion of his '-= throU a ti, e 300 meTaround the tah.es that 

--=^^::^ 

served out in the open, with only natural seen y 

ground and to&J-^jg. who met to- 

S^TS^ Godlorta'ove, manifested to his children 

A ?rl7"2 tLSan hour before the 
and by 6.30 the churcn w i dem onstra- 

time of meeting Do. «h not s, g mfy ^^ ^ 
tion of what a Thanksgiving amuse ment and 
^h^^u^S^ and' praises for Cod, 

b0 S V us have more of these meetings on Thanksgiving 
Da L y and truly - our blessings <££*£»„£& 
:r^r^^rgS:^nrr,,, 1 ths r e de- 
ire of the hear, and inspired by the Sp.nt of Goi 
Cleburne, Texas. Mrs. Alvema Herr Harding. 



lug of these reports is good a!so in that reports may be 
checked up, as others listen. 

r in" t^^J^-*^— 

^ ducati n and sohd Christian preaching in only one 
gLc^on gives one ground for hope and •»»*££ 
Anklesvar, India. 



INDIA NOTES 

r^lSo^U^st Breton A«ey, Brooks 

-Sunbo f ^:--: s ^rr^:n; 

o^:;s^ , ban C rlfu.ou fr da,so,r : he 
coming of Sister Stoner amongs u for the ^ 

With one mind and one heart we shall ^ » 

A, once after these «f^^^Su brethren 
to aid in ^vc^al nreetrngs amongjhe Meth d^ ^ 

^'(for-L^^kers^re few, these brethren are 
doing a fine piece of work for the Master _ 

Nowadays every village catechist. if ! m state » 
passed through four -ms of ten mon* n Bib.e^.udy^ 
and even after that in order to go lorwii 



BIBLE INSTITUTE OF EL1ZABETHTOWN COLLEGE, 

PENNSYLVANIA 

January 15 to 22. 1928 

Institute. „ D B onS ack, our 

The instruction to be given by Eld. C. U. 

^ZT^tX^ he presents the truths of 

sisr- h i«^s5r: 

etTor.s of the local congrega .ons Th - -'^ <> g o „ 
programs, beginning wtth the S ™<^ „ of , hat day 

essay contest on worldly amusemen at 6 .30 > «£* 
followed by a young people '* P" The ^ 
the Saturday -mug progr m mi ft « S ^ ._ ^ 
missionary program wdl be rend* ^ ^ ^ 

chapel daily from Monday to Friday, Jan. 20. 

8:40, Chapel Devotions. w slaba ugh 

9:00, Studies From the Epistles a Robioson 

10:00, Studies in Evangelism ■■■""■•"■■■ c D Bonsa ek 

11 00, Principles of Missionary Progress . , .. . L. u. 

"iS Missionary Education in the Local Church ^^ 

2:0 0, PrhYeipi* of Pascal Administration^ A. RoMnson 
^"'^^elc^db'y-rAyRcbinsonandW. 

7:00 ,I-r M tay to .riday, The <» -£ 

^^rMo^WednesdayrF^Growth^the 

Christian Life ...... "•■"■- ' studies in the Early 

7:45, P. M., Tuesday and Thursday, ^ ^ s , ablug |, 

7-00 p" M Ch andV;4s' P.' M.,' each Sunday, Sermons 
'£ l" congregations '^S^Z 
earnestly W^""™X local congrcga- 
sible to this Institute. Sunday sen ^^ M 

tions would do well o send "«^J^„ , altend some 
of th ese -"ions.^esides urgm ail w^ca^^ 

of the sessions. Not only »i encouraging their col- 

nable instruction, hut they w.l al o be ^^f an0 

,ege. Contracts W^T^X WM Lodging may 
workers a. the college will b ™»^ v , f P e ,„«. Boa rd will 

be engaged early. Room and tmhon wdl ^ (h(; 

he provided at th.r.y-nve cen « I MaMgef| ^ 

eight days. Address J. Z- **<"• Marlha Martin. 

bethtown College, Ehzabethtown, fa. 
Elizabelhtown, Pa 



the firs, time and impressions were made ,h wdl n er 
be forgotten. The church was packed full. Thirteen 
preachers sat on the bench and nearly as many deacons 
a os the old-fashioned .able used by the preachers instead 
o a Pulpit. Some of them I remember quite well. Among 
them wee Jacob Bowman, my grandfather: Daniel and 
D v d. U. brothers: also Jacob Hoover. Lewis Kmdzre 
John Haller, Joe Holder and L. W. Teeter. The rest I do 
no. remember. But the thing that I do remember so well 
U that it fell to Bro. Teeter to preach the sermon which 
was among his first. His text was taken from Ma« uMJl 
It still rings in my ears as many more of his sermons 
do counted .he preachers several times and picked hun 
as my choice for the sermon that day. He looked as though 
hs soul was overflowing with a message from God and so 
it was He preached with so much enthusiasm and power 
h l , some of the older ones looked up as though they would 
derate him a tittle. He preached for about one hour and 
thirty minutes and this was not too long for the boj that 
as in" es.ed in a message from God. Many who were 
here la day have no, forgotten that powerful sermon 
I doubt i Bro. Tee.er even saw me among so many, but 
his m sage went home to me, and I presume many more. 
" H afti-<l me in la.er years and I was w„l , him M 
meetings at mission points on several occas.ons. This was 
te greatest joy, to preach to those who had never heard the 

G We could say many great things of his life's work : h : our 
oM home church a, Hagerstown, Ind The church , o- 
.i ' •„ \,U ,liv The same will be said rmy >eari> 

£2 ofoSTr t me who i^Z af.er him. We are glad 
t them lefus sland by them and apprec.te them and 

„ R„t oh the ioy for those who are counted worthy 
ririiim'ln^'glo^d s.a,e p beyondl A^ «- 
„ is hig sermons was based on Ph. pp. 3j«. ^^ him 

Pre , SS Mowed ChrU, ThTe sorrow and dealh will be swal- 
as lie follow i.a v-nrisn- , , r..,,- Christ, and 

.owed up through the victory of our ^«»£™,rfL 
we shall be with him. 
F.gcland, N. Dak. 



[ Notes From Our Correspondents | 



CALIFORNIA 



irs dosed Sunday evening. Dec 11, 
Live OaW.-Our series oi n /• somewhat intcriercd, but 

very hclptulnrmons. VVc e ™°»„ n ,i„ io „ band gave a very in- 

the deputahon team o the L» w »' Christmas mornina die 

leresting program on the theme ot Mi ...» .. titWi In Quest 

J0 n„g (oik. ot -»^*, ^"S* heard it Then a 
„( the K,ng. wh.eh »« "» " ' ^„ ,,„„ a „ d ,,,= at.ernoon spent 
basket dinner was scrven at ,e ^ 

in . soeial way.-De.s.e Fdlm.re. Live Oak Ca . 

1U.I. City church met ,n council Dec 1 .1 ».th u . ^ ^ 

Three letters were granted A comn ,u V 1 <» . 1 ^.^ ^ 

wmt'wS" "»" S" 1 ;;'-M,s"'N l A a, ih:-:S«.her i . Calit, Dee. IS. 



INDIANA 



MEMORIES OF L. W. TEETER 

■ t " Messenger " an account of the death 

22«5!S5^5^. because we shall 

5 ee his kind. -"^'"^ £ot his first wife was 
I like to think of him as <'J*£+^ rca , br „ the r spir- 

IX T's-p keT Te:" words to him at the last Annua, 

Conferee neld at Wincma U*£* f[ ^ 

When I was a boy etgh, years old, ^ ^.^ ^ ^ 

ago, I went with my father o Hagers- 

White Branch church , seven m. « north. ^ ^.^ Bro 

^r'te^omlny year, Here I saw him for 



session Nov. 26 with Eld. Ceo. 
Eel River church met in ''"»"'" j""^, ,„„,! u. faithfully as 
W. Deaton presiding. Bro , D "' s °°«eiec.. d OBee.. were chosen on 
elder for the pas. hrce , . . v, as reel c g^ ^^ ^ 
the various committees oi ,MC ^ , Jer Kave us a helpiui 

work done during the year. J*™ £ °,„ ,„,« missions was taken. 
On^ChrSS'l™^ i^^Sl lave ^ P^JfV ™ 

ceeds to be given to the Black M°j»™ *„ Oifatal <™" ,ht ch0 ™ 1 ; 
very well with their mvestments and w ,m a Sunday-school 

made a worth-while Ch„>.ma, gilt to ™> £" s - in ,„e„dane; and 
t' SS ,he g tw 0, ,e > ""i , „' a^ e'nclS waV-La„ra MiU.r. North ^ 
Manchester. Ind., Dec. 26. B Ctos] „ 

L . Cnrto church met in <°™<<»£ ,f„S ,„, .becoming year 
moderator. Sunday-school officers were « ^ w ,„ 

"th Bro. Herbert Bayer super,, ^nden^ or I-a ^^ ^ (ht ^ . 

Ku.amaul superintendent a, M ch „g» Cu, a „ 

Torte Sundaj-sch ool .«, t« in static^ awmialrf by a||.-Ag»cs Mer- 

chant, La Torte, Ind.. Dec 26^ r: u er„sey churches are doing 

"rtSrdS? £ £L^-"«jS% hlvVbeL-hefd 

h°e,hr'and U wite. A "^5^^^ ?» S* ""' ° 

since our last report. A ■?'"">"»" ?«„ a ,' holh churches, also at 

Creek house one Sunday both morn.n ? »«4™°»« ,„,„„ mJ ch ,,k 

^„\^ V Lau R ra^,er%cyno,ds, ,nd Dec. a,^ ^ ^ ^^ 

Now Hop. church met in coaneu u.c. ^ coninB „,, 

in charge Sunday-school »«'»';.',„ s „ lb Daily is church 
W i,h Bra. Alvio Mun»hy. .uP«m.enden. Sstc Bro ^^ 

correspondent Some ol .he old »»«» ehed , ht « i,,,,,!™,- sermon., 
remained with o. «« r „=T?,«"i., and impressive and were thor- 
His messages were very ""«"'' k „ Wc C rrtainly appreciate Bro. 
oughly enjoyed and »Pf"«"t? « in the work here. On Christm.. 
Working', interest and as. M y neem l^ ^ ^ ^ ^ „ 
morning a treat of candy « > k (()r homc „,„,on work. 

Sunday-school. An offering ol jiu 

Catharine Smelt.er. Seymour, Ind.. D «^ B. g ^ 

North Uborty-The B'*™ ^'SSS.od" nearly $50. Dec. 

S These two Sunday. Bro. Henry -. » ««- ™ , ,^ 

rSed " lrT^rv^e D £u: r'b.ing ^"-^ ^'^7^ 
Ro'bttson clerk: and Sister L-j-'^Sr. 5*. Dec. 21. 
correspondent.-Mary U.rmey. t Fljhcr 

Turkey Crook church m. :m ^ councl D«. 3 ^^ 

presiding. Sunday-.ehool officer, or ^.^^ (Be< ._ „„. B 

Ada Fi.her. .upennlond.nl. Bro n» intere.ting me.sage. 

and 20 Si.ter Bertha Ne^g-e - ^ ^ 



14 



CORRESPONDENCE 




be 



MRS. ADELINE CROSSWH1TE 

■. i a .,.;(» n( Fid A G. Crosswhite, was the 

- b °™ a ' Embr " V "' e ' r '"lXl -ll'Liied res, after 
a ten-day period of suffering 
from Brighfs disease at their 
late home in Circleville, Ohio, 
Nov. 16, 1927, aged sixty-eight 
years, six months and two 
days. 

She became the wife of Al- 
bert G. Crosswhite at Em- 
breeville, Tenn., June 8, 1881. 
They journeyed happily to- 
gether for more than forty- 
six years. Five years after 
their marriage she united with 
the Church of the Brethren at 
a revival at the Pleasant Val- 
ley church, Tenn., and re- 
mained faithful to her Christian vows until her translation 
Sh was Pressed of a mind which was keenly appreciative 
an she always bestowed more favors than was expected 
in return Her education was largely of that type not 
bounded by vears or circumstance. She was a true wife, 
mother and' helper. Her official position gavt .her a ^wonde - 
ful opportunity to travel as well as to entertain in he 
home In their last charge she was elected pr.sid nt of 
,,°e Sisters' Aid Society and proved herself an acknowledged 
ade She was the mother of five children; two preceded 
ber Two daughters and a son survive. Instead of moving 
into the modern, well equipped parsonage which is neanng 
completion a, Circleville. she ha, moved into that build ng 
of God, the house not made with hands, eternal and in the 

^The^body was taken to West Alexandria, Ohio, the 
scene of her firs, service as a pastor's wife, where appro- 
priate funeral services were conducted by Eld. K. N. 
Latherman and Bro. J. O. Winger. Thus £***>«' 
another good " mother in Israel." A. G. Crosswhite. 

Cerro Gordo, 111. 

* +■* — 

IN MEMORY OF FATHER 

Eld. Samuel Lincoln Myers, son of Reuben and Kathyrn 
Myers was born in Mifflin County, Pa., June 27, 1851. He 
grew to manhood there. When eighteen years of age he 
made his decision for Christ and joined the Church of the 
Brethren. His parents died when he was but ten years of 
age He received only a common school education, bu by 
reading and home study obtained a. knowledge equal to 
that of many college graduates. 

In 1880 he went west and settled on a farm near Webber, 
Jewell County, Kans. At that time this was still a frontier 
country and with the other pioneers of the day he set about 
carving out a home for himself in this western country. 
By thrift and industry he succeeded in gathering together 
quite a bit of property. 

In 1885 he and Miss Myrtie Gish were united in marriage 
at Burr Oak, Kans. They traveled together along life s 
pathway for forty-three years. Seven children were born 
to this union. Three died in infancy. The other four are 
members of the church and contributing their bit to the 
cause of the Master he loved so well. His wife also sur- 

"He' was called to the ministry in 1884 and advanced to 
full ministry in 1888. He was never an eloquent speaker. 
He was always a man of few words. Nevertheless he was 
a deep thinker and for cold, hard logic he was the equal of 
any of his day. His talent lay along executive lines and 
here he contributed most to the church activities, both 
locally and in the District of Northwestern Kansas. He 
was very slow to commit himself on any question, but once 
he had passed judgment, and decided upon his course of 
action he was unswerveable. His opinion on any question 
was always respected and his judgment on many issues was 
sought by his neighbors and also in the church work of 
the District. 

When he arrived in Kansas, churches were few. Ihere 
was no organization close when he was put in the ministry. 
He set to work immediately, however, to build a church 
home In 1890 his efforts were crowned with success and 
the church building in Lovewell, Kans., was dedicated and 
the White Rock congregation came into being. Before this 
time Sunday-school and church were held in schoolhouses 
and private homes. Father was the only minister for a 
number of years. He tried to rent his farms to members 
even though he might get higher rent from others, yet he 
felt to take less and have their help in the church work. 
In addition to being elder in charge of the home church for 
many years, he was overseer of the adjoining congregations 
of Belleville and Burr Oak. He sacrificed much to minister 
to the needs of these congregations but did it gladly " as unto 
the Lord." 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 7, 1928 

He always recognized his obligations to God as a steward 
'—:r^:—:e':;tn?0,d Folk, Home 

labors Oct 30, 1927, at his home in Lovewell, Kans., aged 
6 yea«, 4 months and 3 days. The Lord has summoned 
him to his heavenly mansion but his life and influence will 
go on for many years to come. 



Ottumwa, Iowa. 



"A preciou, one from us i. gone; 

A voice we loved is stilled, 

A place i. vacant in our home 

Which never can be tilled. 

Earl R. Myers. 



MATRIMONIAL 



aarr.a.e "!™ e : .^;> ,™. KJ „?„ N-mnrricd couple. Ecqn 



„ Thi "ncwiv-niarriVd couple. Request should 
,'a'de wh b .n C 7h P e'„o.!cc i'sVnl and lull address given. 



^•S^s^^-d's^r^^rhoT^ £ 
rc'tt Ind.-Arthur F. Morris. Garrelt. Ind. 
Morri.c-L.ckrone.-By .he undersigned at the home =1 **££• 

S3T3 SLZX^tttt^SS* 

of Modesto, Calif.-John H. Price. Modesto, Cahl. 



FALLEN ASLEEP 



a „ am* lister Amanda, died at her home at Shady Grove, Pa., 
in the bounds oi the Falling Spring congregation, Nov. S, 192/. in ner 
ei C nty-n'.h year. She is survived by he, husband, one son and two 
daughter. Services in the Shady Gro.e church by Brethren Samuel 
Shart and Wm. H. Holling.r. Burial It. .he Benedick graveyard 
near Mt Alio, Pa.-H. N. M. Gearhart. Shady Grove, Pa. 

mmmmmm 

d^ughte? wo brothe" and'.wo sisters survive, also fourteen grand- 
crX" and tour grcat-grandchildren She wa, a member of h 
Progressive Breihren Church (or a number of years. Services oy inc 
writer assisted b, Rev. W, A. Robbie. Methodist, ,n the West 
K tanning Brethren church. Interment in the Forks church cemc- 
,e,, near Leechburg. P.-J. Lloyd Ncdrow. We,. K.t.anntng. Pa. 

Brumbaugh. Eld. John A., bom Oct. »• "»:."" ""^'K 
Pa., died Nov. 14. 1927, at his home near K em m Mont, ot heart 
failure following a long illness •' ,!"»» "*"'. ° B °? , "= „ "££ 
1 month and 3 days. He married Maggie Beach who died in i*u. 
Two children were born to thi. union; the daughter died in UH. 
Z son live, in North Dakota. Jan. 17, 1905, he married Nola Cr.e^ 
Four children were born to .hem; on, son preceded bin, in 192 . He 

^chtsT^ing'eh^ t^lk^rVanVetrch X ft 

Kremlin, Mont. . . 

Bn.lL tas W bom in Washington, Ohio, died Dec. 22. 1927. at his 
Bu.ll, jas. w corn {,,„„, 9 months and 18 days. On 

home near Elsie, mien., ageu m j"», .„,:, n iois Thcv 

Nov. 24, 1898. he married Loitie Ward who died April 9 IMS. 1 her 
came to Michigan in 1903. July 13, >«»'«»""," 
Albauvb He wa. a (aithiul member of the Church of the Brethren 
m'r b "f.a,. fifteen year. While he .offered ^ •,, bo „ ,, paU««y, 
fully resigned to the will of the Lord. He leave, his wile, nve step 
children. Nineteen grandchildren and on, I broth., |er„ce, from , he 

?„^ete;?y^a\ h \;.-r i T'p™ d wS. B Dura-„d W Mfc b h a,er - 

Tht' union was blessed with six children. She i united „,,h the 
Church of the Brethren at the age ol sixteen, and had lived a con- 
Sent life in the church since that time. She leave, her husband, 
three son', two daughter,, her father, two brothers and two sisters 
Funeral ,-rvices were held at the home by the writer. Interment 
in "he S. Joto ccmctcry.-Earl L. Flora, Rock Lake. N. Dak. 

Ditch, Henry Bonebreak, son of Jacob and Mar, Bonehreak Ditch. 
,„„ ' Waynesboro Pa., died at Toddville, Iowa, Dec. 16, 1927, 
aged £ y»" 1 month' and 4 days. Hi, wife died Oct 19, 1900. He 
?, survived by four children, three grandchildren and two great, 
grandchildren. He and his wile united will, Dry Creek Church of 
f|,e Brethren about fifty-live year, .go. Funeral serv oe, .t ToM- 
ville by the writer, assisted by local minister.. Interment in ury 
Creek cemctery'-S. B. Miller, Cedar Rapids. Iowa. 

Eberly, Sister Ella M„ nee Flory. wile ol H. Chart.. Eberly from 
near Ouarrvville died Nov. 24, 1927. at the Lancaster General Hos- 
nit.l aged 43 years, 3 months and 22 day.. She had been ailing for 
Tomlltime and "wa, operated on Nov. 21. She called for tb.1te._rf 
the church and was anointed. She is survived by her husband, one 
daughter and one son. an aged mother, five sister, and two ■ brother. 
One son preceded her in infancy. Services in he Mechanic Grove 
church by Eld. Ruin, P. Bucher assisted by W. C. Fasnaeh, and 
P. M. Hahecker. Interment in adjoining cemetery .-Mary P. Ha- 
becker, Quarryville, Pa. 

Gaflbrnitb, Wm. Robert, died in the bound, ol the Falling Spring 
congregation. Nov. 28, 1927, aged 70 year,, 4 month, and 1 day. His 
wi"? Receded him thirty year, ago. He is survived by twe , daugh. 
ter. and one orphan boy who was in the home, and on. si.ter. H. 
was only sick three hours and died Iron, heart trouble. Funeral 
«rvice, in the Falling Spring church by Bro. D. S. Flohr assisted 
by Bro. D. E. Stouffer. Burial in the cemetery adjoining.— H. N. M. 
Gearhart, Shady Grove, Pa. 

Hartnui, Mose, W., .on ol Wm. B. Hartman, horn in Noble 
County. Ind.. died Dec. 13, 1927, aged 70 years, 2 months and 8 day.. 
In 1882 he married Sarah Berkey. To thi, union were born five eh.I- 
dren who .ur.ive with his wile, fifteen grandchildren, three brother, 
and three .i.ters; lour si.ter. and two brother, preceded him He 
became a member ol the Church of the Brethren ,n 1907 and re- 
mained faithful until tb. end. Service. .1 the Yellow Creek church 



A H,„ I S Burn,. Burial in the Yellow Creek cemc 
by the writer and Bro. 1. a. uurns. ~ 

tcrv -David Miller, Wakarusa, Ind. 

"Z„r. David M son of Peter -*»«•- « ^JtS 

married Emma S. iartrn. - preceded him. Shortly alter 

SS i,f 'h^ur'ch 'emeurr Cb'de S3SJ! Thomville, Ohio. 

.. ,u ■ -, !,„,',, ;„ Oliin died at the home oi her son 

Holder,. Amelia <H=!»"^°™^ ^ „ cd 6 S year,. 1 month and 

^dt.^hrw::;aP^Pn^^b, r over a u yea, which 

congregation. Mich. She marrieo Uyo diugh . 

he preceded her twelve years «°- »h ««, ^ ^ b y 

fff^lSr£K5S?5!^*ffi yh A 

H*» Mrs. Lydia Bickley, danghu, of Dr^n d Mr, . ^ 

r^r^dXT."". B coi."»i, s „roSo, < Sc t . P if: ,927. .. «« a 8 . 

home ot ner aaiiEniir " i •- ,., r . 1 j vl ,.i t, v two sons and 

?' ? %^ugh;er\Tl,o h bV , ont a i,o.hcr-,'L S ra,V V :urSor of . family 

cemetery.— A. P. Blough. Waterloo, Iowa. 

l ,, ci TnKpnh Mo and passed from this lite 

jay. John, was born at : St. Joseph, Mo P n ^^ ? 

at his home near St. John, N. UaK., wee. . •. M E- 

m „„ r i,- , n( i 19 days In 1900 he was united in marriage to iu«i., 

"iSf SlSu-S C He d ;ui = a-membcr S ^ 
• till living, as ,s also his «'= . h holnc in ch arge 

ol it "rt.r^.Vrm'.nJV.". »S cemetery near by.-Earl 

L. Flora. Rock Lake. N. Dak. 

King. Bro. Geo. L., died a. hi. home York. h„„ . .« k. of 

n^ralvsis aecd 76 years, 3 months and 11 oaya- " c w " s 

. , P „"mbTo. The Church of the Brethren tor «-W JW «- >» ' 

consistent Christian life «« »« = «™ ."SST^X S *»*: 

SrliTlovVd^S r^ible and was a regular .t.ejd.o. .. 

church service, a, long a. health permitted. He is SUrvl >J » 

wile and eight children, several 8™"^'""" ™ d m ." m.rtin'hoo,. 

terment in the cemetery adjoining the church.-Paul L. Wagner, 
York Springs, Pa. 

v c c)n - Minnie daughter of John and Cornelia Cornelius, was 
, ™, ™„ II and died a he, home near Waterloo. Iowa. Nov. 
w",£ Hi »'y..r,, monlhs. 7 days. She wa, suddenly stricken 

p",",,,'! ptc b e,:,',y W inm.h h e e beyond sever., hour, later. She « - 

' iV ; d , " y HZJr&JZ c d o"„"dt',*e"' bT'tbe'^rUer- «'.". South 
^L'Z'T:": I S n C ,e > ,m:;„ C in <1 "0 , r C .nge r c.me,.ry.-A. P. Blough, 
Waterloo, lo 



Breihren and a staunch supporter ol all church activities. *""" ' 
vived by her husband. David A. Kreider. ^"^^VThe 
eleven grandchildren, two >"'". an Longeneckcr. 

SSSlT. C .hrG,a b , y e. m„ «m S ele?y"'ne'ar" , P..myra J -Sa,ah G. Shelly. 
"'lI^: David Milton, born near Cambersburg. P. April .»,«». 

S ',T'' C .rfeuIr y ' Hester nee We.terfi.ld. born in Fulton County, III. 
di" nS Dec = ".T: ST".' her lome a, Canton U ^ « ^"- J, 
month, and 5 days. She leave, he^ ■ hu.b.ud J P. %£*?& M . 
daughters and one son. She was l " Church' in 1913. She was 

l£Z?£&f22 Ihali-mSr'Sr-in^ lurch, in the com ; 
muS and in her home where the write, often visited. Service at 
the Christian church by Rev. N. W. Evans, assisted by Rev. Wag- 
goner and the wriler. Burial in Greenwood cemetery, Canton.-G. T. 
McGuire, Canton, 111. 
, I..1. Martha A Byler. departed this life on Dec. 5, 1927. at the 

£S^^^r«*a=s ----- 

Ungle united with the Church of the Brethren in 1877. he ng among 
the nr',t To join the church when the Brethren first located ,n Morgan 
County and remained steadfast in the faith. She. was given the 
privilege of raising si„ son, to manhood, all survive; a tafUB 
privucKc ; n f an cy. Three sons with their families were 

pr^eratTht iu W n".l" The" Lee absent one, had each visited .heir 
mother in her declining period but on account odsta^eaway 
were deprived the privilege oi being present at iuneral.-W. 
Holsopple, Versailles, Mo. 

Manbcek, Earl, died Dec. 6, 1927, aged 30 years, 10 monlhs and 6 
days Ae wa, married to Sister Salli. Miller who survive, with on. 
son and two daughters. Services at Frystown by Richard Acker, 
oastor ol the Lutheran church ol Stouchsburg, and Eld. Ira D. 
Kobe'. Burial in the adjoining ccmet.ry.-Eli.abcth Meyer. Myers- 
town. Pa. 

Miller Sarah T nee Sword, died, aged S6 years, 9 months and 9 
d" , For moW than forty year, she wa, a very fai.hlu. m^b.r 
Twenty year, ago her hn.band. Isaac Miller preceded her. Since 
that time she lived with her daughter, Sister John Porter, and later 
with ™r son J. W. Miller of Elroy, Ohio, where .he w.. tenilerlj 

ritV ; d° ■h«. , 'Vo». Sh< s. 1 "io" ^■.srSSJlhSs. VtS 

wrt': aslted by tn." pasto" Ga*,e„" R.ye, Interment in tb. O.k- 
land cemetery.-Chas. L. Flory, Piqua, Ohio, 

MlUn- Sister Rebecca, born 'at Granlsvillc, Md., and died at the 
home oi her daughter in M.yers.lalc. Dec. 4. 1927, aged 7B year,, 
to" J.s due to paraly,!,. She married Bro. Uria. Miller who pre- 
ceded h"' a year agl She „., a member ..the church a. Meyersda. 
for a number ol years and lived a quiet, Christian life. She is sur- 
vived by one son and two daughters, one brother and one sister, 
twenty-lour grandchildren and twenty-.ix great-grandchildren. Serv- 
ed, at the home ol the daughter by Bro. T. R. Coffman. Interment 
in Union cemetery .-Mrs. Theo Bittner, Meyersdale. Pa. 

Mitch.1, Edw. P.. born at Devonshire, England, died at the Mount 
Pleasant Hospital, Dec. 11, 1927, aged 63 yea,,, 11 month, and ,11 to .. 

!,„io7wcre S%Sie ,b ^ A .nd I, ?nIee 0n dS,er 6 ;. "Si "^vi'.'e'd 
by his wile and children. He accepted Chri.t in a recent revival 
held by the wriler and was baptized Oct 9. Funeral ser vice. a. he 
Wooddal. church by the undersigned. Interment in the Gre.nlick 
cemetery.-B.rnard Rollln., Mt. Pleasant, Pa. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 7, 1928 



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<4 l9 oi. died Oct 17, lv.!7. « "" , ;„ Ble „ d remained 

"'""ftnT'lrter He SwSS ".'.he U.I month iron. 
• S'b"b»T/7 l b Sh paVence He'leave, , hi, .are..,, wif. and two 
?S-Wilm. Bittinger. Brook.ide, W. Va. 

_ Sister Nannie B daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. Jacobs, born 
Petty, Sister S-« B . » "J h Nov „ „ B „, « yC ars. 

in Franklin. S. C, died at uijmp la, » £ thij un , or 

sh e ,.. married to ta.I».MJ u ; Surviving arc 

„,„ born lour children two '"""'"■ "' £,'„ an J [hr « brothers. 
„,e husband, one dauuhl.r, OM ion, one sister ana shc 

ehe died after a lingering illness of two years clue to 
„„,,£ with the Church of the Brethren ,„„ .ear. ago. *««. 

SSSS " £ Srprcnnr'cy.bfB ."b. I- ^ Burial in Mt. 
■rabor cemeterv.-Elisa Boone Pr.ne. Olymp.a, Wash. 



Potter. 



ter Anna, nee Spcicher. wile of Bro. George F. Pott. 
„ mSonTse. Count,. P.., Oct. » 18* and died a 
t V ,(,... ch* was stricken with apoplexy at her home in Watern 
hours alt,, he was s ™« > * ard „ a , y , ,„ , he e a: 

Iowa. Nov. 14, '»f ■ "' '" C , o a \v a ,e rbo , I„„ a , and later moved on 
sixties the lamily came to TO™. womanhood and * 

Zi/'marriagc they moved to Water too ^J^'seme 
SSSVa."^' in J ,he r T. r ,e?,oo City church. Burial 
Orange cemetcy.-A. P. Blough, Waterloo, Iowa. 

Reed, Sister Sarah, died in her home a. Center H Ul Dee. S »» 
«f*« a ....eerine illneaa due to cancer, aged about It years, one w s 
fm'cmh';, ^ ,h 8 e Church of the Brethren ,„ many years , and iived ^a 

fh e ; ssryss tr «s s, ksu-j. ^ 

Nedrow, West Kittanning, Pa. 

«tt».lv Bro Aaron, died Dec. 14, 1927, at his home near Upton. Pa., 

™;, of S< the g aJua.cd from the Warsaw high school and he 
riary ot mzs. an, K student in the Home Economics D( 

lore her recent »,J. «a« a _>™ her fother , 

?anu°"' ^ M 'h?tmi.y C tf 'resided' in North Manchester. H,^ 

"Law, Sister Alene Lncile. daughter of Alvin M and , Lata 
oiimMr. „ d j yearS- i month and IB 

Eyf VheT. id d Way-fchoo, 'and 6 church service, a. the South 

ielafU^o-S-'^f'^f^f,^ 
Waterloo church. Interment by the side ol her mother who 
Dec. S, 1921.-A. P. Blough, Waterloo, Iowa. 

W „ ta „ Sister Emily Jane, wife of Bro. J. W. Workman, died at 
beV home near Markleysburg. Pa.. Dec. 13. 19 7 age d « year, 
month, and 22 day,. Some lorty year, ago »««»?■'« ""„,, 
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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 

Officii Organ o! .he Church of the Broth™. 

era, " "^■..".''.ubs.rip.ions 6i ty „„., extra.) 

EDWARD FBANTZ, " 

H. A. BRANDT, - 

-«— * «. m*» * .fw^ asrtSEd'ffs 

Acceptance !»' "<»'l'"f,"' ?r 3 19l" authorized August 20. ml 
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Notes From Our Correspondents 



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Page 13) 



Edw. Stump oi 



concerning her trip ,0 „ ,te , 1 H ^,i!"' 1 ;( Rrann assisted - 
Walkerton and Sister Myrtle Mishler ol K ^ „, „ d 

week,' revival Bro. Stump f"< "» W e ,, ad v „, good attendance 
Sister Mishler did her best in »"«'»«; . , Hirjht made the 

considering th .weather and 1 road, and high w ^. , w0 .„.„ 

fiS^K ~'r-.f ^Bro. Coblents o, 

P »s ^v^'coiF^s^- -- --* 

new officer, elected for the coming >car. 

Ind.. Dec. 28. „ Harry Frick was 

Wnwai. church met in council Dee %„ °, der ha, accepted a 
elected clerk; the writer. »''«f°. £"'■„, ""„ out. We decided to 
city pastorate and resigned before hi, 1 car wo, .„ , „ 

place our pastor, who ha. been w, us or ^ ^ , hc 

charge and petition the next D. >« ,,,:, honor ,„r him we 

eldership upon him. We felt that in .. « r „ dc «d to us. We 
could express our appreciation lor «" d „„ offe,, we-e 

changed our Sunday-school yea, to ^ «J Wll „, program, one 
appointed at that time. Our school B"» J ' b s ,„„ ,he money 

Sure ol which wa, the offering ol •»« "™; =,„ mis ,io„,. The 
maned to the children as, sprmg » be invested ^ jfc „ 

earning, averaged sixfold over I > »;• ",.,„„ Board lor a Thanks- 
S „d SM.00 from our Sunday schoo to K „, co uraging to US. 

giving offering. Prospects for the new > 

^Gordon Warstler, Lig.n.er. Ind., Dec 26 ^^ 

We.t fVtorion.-Follow.ng a religious census ot o ' h ,„ oI 

beneficial to all .be churches adding new .« ^ ^ „ Thj 

church work, our pastor began sen » ol n k da „ e Ev?? . 

meeting, lasted two week, with good inter « ^ , rf ^ ^ 

^K J ^dge:"ir^t r ^.ice H Ki.Ehcy i ga„ 

appreciated h, a Ml house. ^ bm ,™ ™„, b =r, ol .he Di.tric 
with J. A.-Sn=ll and Alva W-neMen ■ d „„, , h . w ork of 

Mission Board, in eh.rge. W. »e OJW ,„ „« ,„d 

las. year and leel to press on v. >■ . Sunday-school super- 

better work the coming year. Cecil wtieeio 
mVendent.-Mrs. J. W. Norris, Marion. Ind., Dec. -. 

IOWA 

Anheny.-Ou, church me, ^^U^L^""^' W. 
day-school •«»» '"'"i ", to HP Sipliog, Sunday- 

S.f.upe;"=, c ^^^^ 

committee and anyone contemplating a change ,. A nkcny. 

fngTo move among u, will please write to H. P. SiP^E 
Wa-Miri'm H. Smith. Ankeny. Iowa, Dec. 22. 

Iowa.— Miriam a, church now the 

Spring Cr*,k.-Wc have been laboring with this ch ^ ^ 

past lour months and have enjoyed ou. wort " ^ » , toR „ 
congregation manilested the ... "^"^Xt, pastor and family. 
SS v"t.T "e'membered fU.VK.--5- - --£ - 

KANSAS 

charge. All officer, »"'*'",„ , Smith, Sunday-school super- 

Daggett »">'»^ , 't' l i" Wa"o„e, and lour high school hoys Irom 
intendent. Dec. 11 Bro. Ray ago mect i nR gave us messages 

Cove,,, Kan,, here »«™*« ^J £ S with ... Our young 
Irom the meeting. We enjoyed „„," D ec 18 and gave an cxcel- 
people had charge ol the ever,™ "™« cl)j ,, k „ nad charge of the 
lent program ol readings and I songs. ^ ^ directior , „| 

Christmas program Sunday evening. "". , & ^ Roy 

Sii.er Laura Doyle. A '"«™™' i ' n ^ „? d ," next summer a, our 
Brady oi Mt. Morris. DJ., to " ™ "»' , Sundav morning and 

oastor Eld. A. C. Daggett preaches tor us cacn a j 
evening. He give, u, deep ^^•"^"Go.^^a^f.rom ScPherson 
wIS'g'vol. onTol'Thei, progr.ms.-Mary M. Smith, Topeka, K.ns., 
:. 27. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-January 7, 1928 

Black River church observed Sjay £ «J^ft,lSS*E 
We were pleased to have with "J » »^ r J^ ^ (mr c , iM g .« 
delivered an inspiring "'""^ , w" and appreciative crowd. Our 
a mu.ical program Oct. «»'"•' in November. Our young 

Y. P. D. gave a very good ™"'^f K™,, a „d are looking forward 
people have been studying la Sunny K g« • heM „ ,,urch 

to a more active years work, services ^^ reC eivcd lor the 

Thanksgiving morning and an •«« « ' cl.ildrer. and young 

General Mission Board On Chr «"•« £ ' cJ by . „,. by our 
PC To e r Br d'°E Sow^'SrOif'. offering of 8«.30 was taken.- 
E.hcl Carver. Spencer. Oh«i D «' ^ R . . Sha k closed 

Coslme.-Our series ol meetings co throughout the meet- 

Three were received by letter wee, .=■ 

cheater, Ohio. Dec. 21. «ffl-. ra were elected 

,kW church me, *—"*F££?Z2vZ?£ Much 
for the coming year. The revival ">«" « d >Mm ,ccep cd 

interest wa, sho.vn .hroughou t . he m «t .ng. ^ .__ se 

Christ; one wa, reclaimed K c , !,™,s our evangelist. Dee. 25 the 
,he services ol Bro. J. A. Rob tnsoo as our m K^ A „ 

children o! the primary """'""A. 8 ,"' '" pr ,«„t which is no* being 
offering ol $57 was taken to be used o J «»J d cpa.tmcnt.-Mrs. 

installed in the basement lor use ol mc pr 
Galen B. R.yer. Oakland, °*°-*<£ ,„, p „ p08t „, p ,,„„,„g 

Pleasant View church assembled Dec 7 &™.^g„, offic er, were 
work lor the coming year. Church a„d Sunday ,c ^ ^ a „ 

elected. The finance committee gave a report ^ 

budget for 1928 as we had la, year. "m«m ^ eveiifa|! 

amounting to S4s.o!. was sen, 

Bycly, Lima, Ohio, Dec. 26. Thl „ k5B ivmg evening, Nov. 24, 

Sidne,.-Ou, love least : was heH Than ksg >"-B h mc , in 

wi.h Bro. Wiean.1 irom BeWonta n offica.ing^^^ ^ 
business session Dec. 11. uur Pas , correspondent, 

elder; Sister Essie Stoner was chosen chore h^c^^ . ^^ The 

Dec. 17 s""" 1 ," 1 ™ 1 '".' nisSct ^'church. The young people are 
Unfinished Task, at the Distric ; «»» rc books | or our 

C „ dt T ri Oor" viva" service. « » he in "an IS . ? V Nicodemus, 
evangclisl^Ge^idine Ullery, Sidney, Ohio, Dec. 2 



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-Victor church me, in council «■« %%'$%£ T" A. 
a,or. Officer, of the young pcop e «'< »« ^ be givtn by 

Wagner wa, reelected elder. A «"» « • the Ladlcs . 

D. A. Crist on the Holy Land to the »« :"> "™ p rf wi „ d „, Waldo. 
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Kaos.. Dec. 15. 



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Green Tree.-At the '""'^."""""^""weJ" reelcTted' .'rus.ec,: 

twelve to eighteen the <*•££** "e^Tustee, to be elected lo, life 
constitution of the church calls for Bve "»- t th , „„ mb er 

or during good behavior "»" c " , s an „, en dment was pro- 

wa. increased .0 seven, *™ '° '""V' ,„ eighteen, which wiU be 
"".'el upon"",",." nS,"m.e,"g. Three member, were electee I on the 

^"°?S JT. con^^e tp^, C :;' S isr^ra Ln|b^ 

TTfs^SSS « eno'sc. wShlilforS^o. ^ 

H ntlsusan', Famou, Royersiord. Pa.. Dee. 19. 

dent.-ousan J. » „„«„„, at Frystown conducted by 

"«■• fr^srs fo ! v ol .2 m rnrf:nunuld r un«. ».v-»^?i 

M 7er. J -ga;.e M u y , e Sp,ri, B fi„e ; 1 sermon, and ^^^ attendance a^intere, 
were exceptionally good during the »« At this time a liberal 
preached lor u. on Thank,giv,„g »°™ nE aIlI A rn<)on ol D cc. 4 Bro. 
offering wa, lilted lor m.ss.O ... A '« a ,'tOwo house and also ad- 
Howard Merkey preached lor "'."'. '" meeting in the olternoon at 
dressed the Sunday-school and misionay ^ ^ y 

Schubert. On Dec. 11 an al -da> ™ A Kuh „, and 

people. Helplul message, were g.ienb) ure datej 

S. G. Meyer. Our counc, mee log wa . held or, ^ ^ ^ and 

0T i ;ranrrE\iL\«r'Meyrr, C M n ye",I.0 y wn. P... Dec. 20. 

VIRC1NIA 

Hollywood church me. „ c.u»ci| £j £ £ ^huS^ef c'hf n 
reelected lor two years. Otner omcer. Sunday-school 

with the writer, corrcspon den, and Bro. J ^ ^^ „ „ 

S wi.t C bring°.bou, C m« E ch e good lor the ch»,cb.-F. N. Werner, 
Fredericksburg, ^., Dec 2. ^ ^ ,„,. 

Laurel Dole.--0ur elder Bro » B ^ Ql|! T<jh „ s!1 „ 

SsTT n,on«"'a. a |f y^e D C L L Wbi, . J- *-- Jg J*- 
of another congregation he has also been so tj 

three stood lor Christ. Two meetings we chure h at one place 
of West Virginia where seven on.U d w.th the ch JJreB 

,„d six at another. Two ,-«». ^".he most successful of these 

where eight accepted Christ. One ol the mos Elfc 

SaM"n B o„ W ,hc *^°KS«hVS. Po'ira'-rhich i, i-ooj.-;.. 

!lrbS:fi":r^ghron s ^e-ap^"m,^g : 'r,o,a, 



jemberrship of eigrity 
sry much en 



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Koamey ^" h .J"f ™J b "Xt and the envelope system was 
unanimous to ra.se the 1U .^et . h and Sund;ty . 

adopted (or receiving our ««W <>«"> '« s Thanksgiving Day we 

r h H° O, „ 0ffi aU "J^mcctng » "hJ* ch^ch^with basket dinner. The 
had an a 1-day meeting a. morn i nK an d a program was given 

?rheX,"o B ooTby" S hrehilir.n he 5= "^"gWhfg "SSi 

» d • h 1 ' d -;; il ^ 6 o ,,a D "'".", r-o'uog iz^Ao], «, % 

•SS; y'lho-ol^fe ."shor, program ^J™ * ^'5; *. Ei«» * 

3 P " M , ! T ■°'tosoii*°r. 8 od Pe v.y aby'blped ly giving several 
,he tuhcrcufosi hospiul and very a V p^ ^ rf ^ 

yo C u"„" ,r ;,.P,'e". , ;om 1 .he , sZh Loup church >w „ ■. £, ** « 
^fs=y^1.nua^M':S.^XmSm£r ; ey r . v Dec.22 t 

^nce^-d^Br^'^^boZ^™r h ^.or:^l,fa,,i,^ 
absence o our em ^ idtd . Tw o letter, were granted. Our 

father and ,on hanoue, wa's held Nov. 18 with about 13" ,n attendance, 
lather ana sou o 4 n-jhei wa , the principal speaker. V. F. 

Bro. Paul Beehto Id '"" JetM was P P Tutsd evening 

S De h c W .3"'ar th " ir° numb" 5 ™ o,r fec.ure eou„e He gave u, a 
, S me.saee The Ladies' Aid Society has lately replenished ,he 
Sure?, k"ehen with di,hes, silverware and cooking uten.tl. On 
church gi cneo a .,- mb ic d in worship and praise lor our boun- 

S&" y An WC offe,r, b,e o, S5..50 wal lilted for roissjoo work 
oL U, .he'"even 8 i„g o. Dec J, the ,«- When h fc^-J™ 
given .0 a very large >"« «P « a School.-Mr. 

offering amounting to S48.SO «as sen, .0 
Pearl D. Brandt, Holmesv.lle, Nebr.. Dec. a! 



... feel 
Va.. Dcc. 20. 

Midland church 
elected for the c 
"Messenger " ag- 
clerk. Bro. A. J. Ar.de,; super 
school, Bro. S. K. Andes; M 



two in the new t-rceg congicg..,.".., •-■ ■■- 
:ouragcd.-E. Woodrow Baker, Laurel Dale, W. 



5. The following officers were 
,g year; tloer in charge. J. A. Hinegardner; 
"rSi.tcrs D. J. Myer, and Lois Long; church 
itendents for Ml. Hermon Sunday- 
correspondent, the writer 



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in reKUlar quarterly council. Dec. 15 with our 
Ellison church met 10 regular q. ^ ^ „ org „„ 

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for the year wa, carried out. The SO.n.St. ^ ^^ ^ ^ hdd 
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, Thanksgiving and lifted an offerin. 

had our communion with Bro. Fito. 

,or uii«.»« ---.- coun cil meeting church officers were 

Anna Myers clerk S s.er ^^ ^ .^ )he ^ of , h 

scnger a«ent. Dee .IS a go y appreciation ol the work and 

writer bringing rj's » ™« „ La(lies . AiJ heM , he „ 

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Mrs C. A Wagoner, Outlook, Wash.. Dee. 12. 

a tu. fir.t Sunday in November the three valley churches, 

for the Alnca mission »ork 'he ' „ a „ trf - eW „ ; C . I. Myer. 

A ,',k. r B.°arhe lh.S. •"»?."«".«" •««»' "1 correspondent Two 
mve'be „ added « '.he church recently by baptism and one w„ 
reelaimed.-Mrs. John Reeves, Suunys.de, Wash., Dee. 23. 

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No. 2 



In This Number 



Editorial— 

Our Well,™ Work, ...... ■••• 

Finding the Un.ee. Fr.cnd, •• 

Sweet Sayings, 

Among the Churches 

Around the World, ..j..--. 
The Quiet Hour CR. ti. **•!> 



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Gonerul Forum- A „,„,„,, , 

The Higher ^'TuirituS Mance. By Kebcoca Foul 
Maintaining Oar SfW™'" J„, to M , Nch. 
An Appeal to Christian Women, w While tliereLU.c n. '^ ""t 

SteS £"££ ^>« B , u „„ e r 2 welfare work is not another third with evangelization 

"'eHeahng o( the Nations. By Raymond M _ ^__._ >: __ _.,„„,,;„,, h ,„ i s rattier a part Of the 



the less if anybody is inclined to agree with this simple 
outline of our church obligations, he ought to not.ee 
that welfare work is not something added to this pro- 
gram hut is itself implicit in it. You can not teach a 
Christian convert what Jesus taught without teaching 
him to'love, and that involves everything that belongs 
to human welfare. A disciple of Jesus can not be in- 
different to any phase of human betterment. 

While therefore it is important to remember that 



th. Benefits of Pir.hibi.io,. By V„g.n» S 

Flashiigb.s I"rFffir'iln,'s7ry ee ByYu.u. 1 

R,crea..on and Effi ; nt So vice y ^ 

The Secrets of raul s urcji»i-»= 



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. Flory. ... 
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Pastoi 



By Geo. W: Hilton 
r. Filte, 



r and People— 

Hereditary Influences on Mind and R,dy 
Said About Children. Gleaned hy Emra 
S st _A Child. By Ralph R. Hatton 

Homo and Family— 

^Whe^oVh^™'. If, B, Mne Sharon Morro, 

BabL"oi ri S e m.Vng Motors Die Early 

?ne Influence ol the Home. By B. T. S, 



and Christian education but is rather a part of the 
second half, we should remember also that conven.ence 
often gets the better of our logic. There are practical 
J, anfagc, in having this work organized -decendent. 
, y and no harm is done as long as the several church 




. EDITORIAL 




Our Welfare Work 

The preamble to the Constitution says that the peo- 
ple of the United States ordained and established that 
memorable document "to promote the general wel- 
"a™ That was one of the half dozen- objects named 
and that was comprehensive enough to include all the 
res t Welfare is a mighty big word, m meaning. 

It is the newest word in our church vocabulary. 
The newest, that is to say, to describe a church activi- 
ty I given the ful. range of its possibilities it would 
cover everything, every human need. The Gospel itsel 
is an answer to the demands of human we fare. That 
men "might not perish but have eternal ***-«** 
is that but welfare of the highest possible rank? But 
words often acquire by usage a more .united so^what 
technical, application. So it is with our word welfare. 
We use it to designate our efforts in behalf of higher 
social standards in grpups of all kinds and sizes Ring- 
ing from families and communities to races and na 
tions. That is the main ideal, without drawing lines too 
har pl y . There is overlapping here and the^ 1 
other terms but that need not trouble us. Welfare 
S is primarily work for healthier, cleaner, fairer, 
friendlier, happier human relationships. 

Its field is much wider than the church membership. 
That of course is included but it seeks to influence he 
everywhere. Indeed it was with special reference to 
eonditions in the great world outsid e a nd beyond the 
reach of the regular channels of church action that tins 
wider work was undertaken. 

The question has.been raised whether the church has 
any proper business with this wider field, whether its 
efforts should not be restricted to evangelization and 
the nurture of the individuals won. That question was 
answered for our people when provision was made 
for action along the lines of temperance, peace, purity, 
imple life and child saving, and when the agencies 
representing these activities were merged into one We- 
ar Board the answer was reaffirmed and underscored. 
Welfare work is a distinct and definite part of our 
church program. 

A favorite contention of the present writer is, as a 1 
careful readers of this paper know, that the whole 
Christian program is comprehended in the Great Com- 
mission. This is to say that when Jesus sent his d,s 
ciples forth to make disciples of the nations and to 
teach them to do all that he had taught, he gave them 
their whole duty. Evangelization and education are 
the two magic words that tell the whole story. None 




of a never-ending peace. 



that this number of the church paper should be 

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shirrs— =— 

righteousness. 



These principles are among those which our «* «* 
has long cherished as distinctive of our faith and prac 
Z, but in recent years we have begun to press them 
upon the attention of the world at large. They are 
vTrthv of all the pressure we can bring to beacon 
them. We should apply that pressure with increasing 
vigor. 

Finding the Unseen Friend 
AN inquirer who has small patience with secondary 
options and likes to get down to bed rock wishes to 
know whether there is " a friend behind phenomena 
In mpler speech the question is whether the things 
t a do appear have back of them any kindly concern 
for human welfare. Is there a Heart that cares what 
happens to us? 

That is a bed rock question truly. To anyone inter- 
£5ted i„ the answer who cannot be content wi^wha 

chief concern. Let him see how interred he can be- 
come, not in things, "phenomena, but in folk,, 
perfecting personalities. ■ 

The dignity, the supreme worthiness of this high 
and holy end will so impress him and possess htm tha 
hi, whole being will demand it as the great objective 
tv^dvl^haU the energies of the universe are 

elding No other answer can ever seem possible to 

seen are eternal." 

Sweet Sayings 

We call them that because they were said by a man 
we can ., Governor ot 

you sit up and take notice. At least tney „ 
make you do that. 

« Fither love or force will ultimately rule the 

jrr. :.. *, «* - L -,~ ~; 

on which side of this question will present day 
lians array themselves?" 

■• We have all known men whose sense of the pre 
J Cod in their lives was unquestioned, and whose 
ence of God in inc.. u h sense 

personal piety was of the highest sort b £ . 

of justice was as lacking as that of a slaved 

an African jungle." 

finger is that the church will compromise 
Witney, and be moved by«st mat- 
Sr^P^" for righteousness 

and justice." .wouehlv conscientious, are 

" Many earnest minds, thorough ^ 

accept its first principle which is. 

neighbor as thyself.'" ^ .^ 

■■The church must face the ^ 



but do not really 
1 Thou shalt love thy 



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The Higher Increment 

BY H. A. BRANDT 
Beside the teeming paths of men 

Material values rise, 
Until the shrewd here set their traps 

And take their gaudy P""- 
Along such crowded paths the Christ 

Once made his healing way ; 
Along such crowded paths his touch 

Is laid through men today. 

Beside the teeming paths of men 

The higher values rise. 
Until the saint here spends himself 

And wins the better prize. 



Elgin, 111. ~-~ 

Maintaining Our Spiritual Balance 

BY REBECCA FOUTZ 

Real living, worth-while living, godly living means 
simple living. And the simple life in any and all of its 
phases means putting first things first, the keeping of 
the spiritual and its eternal values uppermost. All our 
efforts and endeavors should be directed to this end 
as means to its realization. 

This can only be done by following God and his 
Word which alone shows the way to life, both here 
• and hereafter. In this Word we are repeatedly shown 
and admonished that the temporal things of this world 
are ever secondary in value to the finding of life in the 
Kingdom of God. 

We are living in a time and land where plenty, yea 
even luxury such as has never before been known 
among people in general, exists. History shows that 
such temporal fulness has at no time been conducive 
to the strengthening of the spiritual and moral fiber 
of a people, and our present day is no exception. 

Materially and scientifically we have forged ahead 
at such a pace that the proper spiritual balance has not 
been maintained. Both the home and the church have 
suffered from this reversal. For so closely are they re- 
lated that the condition of each affects the other and 
they can not be separated in any discussion of the 
spiritual. 

But the home is mentioned first because there is 
wdiere the child spends most of the time of its early, 
formative and most impressionable years. There its 
physical needs are cared for, and unless there its spir- 
itual life is nurtured as well, the parents in that home 
have failed in their first duty. 

There has never been a time when the physical and 
mental welfare of the child has received so much at- 
tention. From infancy it benefits from laboratory re- 
search. Its diet and sleep are regulated according to 
the latest discoveries. Clinics are provided so that the 
poorest and most ignorant of mothers can learn how 
to care properly for their children. 

Then the modern school system takes the child in 
' hand to fit it mentally for the race of life. Here, 
too, the interest in its physical welfare is continued. 
There can be little question but that the coming gen- 
eration will be the healthiest and most enlightened of 
any that have yet lived. 

But how about the spiritual and moral well-being 
of the child? For the above mentioned efforts are 
directed almost wholly to the care and development of 
the " house " in which the child lives. It is very true 
that we are to keep these bodies as " fit temples," but 
to look after them at the expense or neglect of the 
soul that dwells within means future decay. This is 
not maintaining the proper perspective, not keeping 
" first things first." 

Here is where our present danger seems to He. 
And because this is true it is all the more necessary 
that the home and the church stress their duty of nur- 
turing the undying soul that each child possesses. In all 
too many so-called Christian homes there is no wor- 
ship, as well as almost a total lack of religious teaching 
and influence. 

Many parents are only nominal church members and 
are more concerned about getting on in the world and 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 14, 1928 

having a good time than they are in fostering their 
own or tlfeir children's spin.ua, life. Many chddren 
are seldom if ever taken to church services Some 
say ifis no use because they can not understand the 
Reaching. But this same excuse-that they would 
not understand the picture-is not considered when 
it comes to taking them to see motion picture . ^ A 
to that, they can not understand all concerning any of 
„e hfe tha" surrounds them, but they ~tou^ 
absorb of their environment, whatever it is. And the r 
attlling public worship can not fail to have a definite 
influence on their lives. 

It is really alarming to see the extent to which chil- 
dren and young people who attend Sunday-school or 
young peopled societies, leave after these meetings and 
sTdonr'sta'y for church services These auxihar, 
serve a need and are all right in their place but they 
can never take the place of the preaching of the Word. 
But if the home has keenly felt the modern down- 
ward pull, the church-that great bulwark, of the spir- 
itual life-has not kept free from its weakening in- 
fluence. It has gradually yielded to popular demands , 
has stressed unduly the social life, money and educa- 
tion until at times the church's real mission is almost 
lost sight of. Not that these things can be ignored, nor 
.hould they be, but to keep them in their place as 
secondary; this is where the church needs to exercise 
great watchfulness. 

" She must diligently labor against the ascendency of 
the temporal in the life of individuals, the home and 
the nation. She must counteract the materialistic 
tendency in modern education and show each youth 
that he is a living soul, not just a highly developed 
animal; she must ever hold the "bread and water of 
life " as her chief commodity if the spiritual hie, the 
simple life, is to be maintained and mankind saved. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 



An Appeal to Christian Women 

BY BERTHA M. NEHER 

A. number of vitally 'important lines of work have 
been placed in the hands of the Welfare Boards of our 
churches During the past we have been laying large 
emphasis upon the subjects of Peace, Temperance, 
Tobacco, etc., all of which are great issues in the prog- 
ress of the Kingdom of God in the world. But just 
at present there is another phase of the work that 
seems to us of equal importance, if not perhaps more, 
than these upon which we have been concentrating 
most of our efforts. 

Does it not seem that Satan is making a dreadful 
onslaught toward the degradation and debauchery of 
the world through the immodesty of women's present 
styles in dress? The time was, not so many years ago, 
when our church went to an extreme, perhaps, in the 
matter of dictating how sisters should dress, but today 
we have swung to the other extreme of doing nothing 
at all. As a consequence we see, not only women of 
the world whose highest aim is to please the flesh, 
carried away by shocking styles that aim— not at com- 
fort, not at beauty, not at utility, but— at sex appeal, 
but we even see women of the church, women who pro- 
fess to love the Lord, women who stand as religious 
teachers and leaders appear unashamed with bobbed 
hair, short skirts, low necks, no sleeves and dresses 
made of such thin material that they reveal rather than 
conceal the feminine form, when they should be enlisted 
on the side of those who oppose these evil things. 

There can be no name fit to describe the sin of mod- 
ern extremes in dress other than the plain word li- 
centiousness. Upon this rock nations of the past have 
split, and today a plague such as history does not re- 
cord has gone over the earth and womankind has fallen 
as though stricken by a pest. And man, who sees the 
awful results, results that will spell ruin for the race if 
it w oes on unchecked, man has hardly dared to raise his 
voice in opposition or expostulation. 

Sisters, where are we going? Can we not see the 
maelstrom toward which we are swiftly dashing? 
Have we lost that sense of modesty that was once 
the chief charm of womanhood? Is even decency it- 
self to be relegated to the past? Do the plain teachings 
of God's Word no longer mean anything to us? Can 



ve look with indifference or even complacency upon 
such styles as can never by any stretch of the im- 
agination be construed into any semblance of he 
"robes of righteousness" which God's people should 

"Everywhere we hear the lament that the youth of 
today have gone on a stampede against authority, 
against the restrictions of the past that were once 
their safety. But who is to blame? When we see 
the daughters of Christian mothers dressed in styles 
that would almost have shamed the habitues of the red 
light districts of a few years ago, can we blame them 
for their loss of purity, modesty, and virtue? And 
can we blame the boys and young men, who would 
need the self-restraint of angels to keep their minds 
pure if what they see leads to their downfall? Chris- 
tian «»r», some day the Lord will call us to account ., 
for our failure in the day of temptation The time 
is surely here when we must rouse every lover of de- 
cency to rebel against the licentiousness of modern 
dress. If we remain silent-nay, if we, by our ex- 
ample, consent to this plague from the very Evil One 
himself we will see the day when our nat.on, like the 
cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, will pay the price in 
ruin and destruction. The person who can look upon 
existing conditions and say that the world is growing 
better surely has a limited knowledge of facts, and is 
blind to the outcome of existing tendencies. 

So we your Welfare Board, are making this appeal 
to "the Christian womanhood of our church to think 
seriously upon this vital question. Look at it with the 
mind of Christ." Set an example of Christian woman- 
liness in your own dress and in that of your , tough ers 
Our young people have a desperate enough fight on 
their hands in this " adulterous and sinful generation 
to just keep decent, if they have all the help that can 
be derived from Christian homes, Christian examples 
and Christian teachings. What can we expect if we 
let down all the bars of home, church and "vfluence 5 
that were once their strongest protection? May God 
help us to get back to the sure foundations laid down 
for God's people in his Word ! 



"Vice is a monster of so frightful mien. 
As to be hated needs but to be seen ; 
But seen too oft, familiar with her face, ^ 
We first endure, then pity, then embrace. 



Warsaw, Ind. 



Our Decade 

BY MARTHA E. LEAR 

In a Sunday Tribune Mr. McCutcheon, the cartoon- 
ist, had a very striking presentation of modern hie. 
The headline reads, "The Present Decade Will Go 
Down in History as the Dirty Decade." A mother is 
lounging on a couch as scantily dressed as possible 
. holding a mirror in one hand and using a lip stick with 
the other Behind her stands a man and he is saying, 
" Let's -o over to Paris and get a trial divorce, your 
husband" won't mind." The husband is on the other 
side of the room kneeling before a bag of dollars. An- 
other man sits beside the mother's couch. 

A bobbed-haired daughter with a cigarette in her 
mouth is telling her mother she is going motoring with 
a fellow for a few hours. Another couple is on the 
opposite side of the room on a sofa and the man is en- 
tertaining the woman with questionable stones which 
she seems very eager to hear. Several others are hav- 
ing a gambling spree in the center of the room. A 
friend called my attention to this cartoon and said: 
" If newspaper men are being aroused by the condi- 
tions about us, is it not high time for the church peo- 
ple to bestir themselves?" What are we as Christian 
women trying to do to better conditions? Are we do- 
in" anything or are we following the drift of the tide? 
We see so much expenditure for things that are worse 
than wasted. When you go through some departments 
of the large stores there are so many things that are 
useless, that minister only to vanity. And people are 
too weak to resist. Others have it and the old law of 
imitation is strong and they yield. 

One could write volumes and pass law upon law, 
but I am fully convinced that nothing will ever better 
conditions until we can get the principles of Jesus 
established in the hearts of the people. " Righteous- 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 14, 1928 



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ness exalteth a nation but sin is a reproach to any 
people " People must be brought to repentance, con- 
fession of their sins, to live the new life and then God 
can bless not only individuals but the nation. I am 
glad we as a church are placing strong emphasis on 
evangelism and making that our goal. If we follow 
Jesus' example we will travail till souls are born into 
the Kingdom. 

"Who- is on the Lord's side? 

Who will serve the King? 
Who will be his helpers 

Other lives to bring? 

"Who will leave the world's side? 
Who will face the foe? 
Who is on the Lord's side? 
Who for him will go?" 

Chicago, III. 



False Pretension 

BY MARY POLK ELLENBERGER 

Much of the sorrow in this world is brought about 
by false pretension, by striving to appear to be what 
we are not-living in better houses, driving better cars 
and wearing better clothes than we are able to afford 
and for which, in many cases, we are unable to pay. 
One of the commonest causes of broken homes is the 
insane desire to keep up with the Joneses. Many of 
us are too vain to live within our means, when we 
should be too self-respecting to live beyond our re- 
sources How often we hear of young men using dis- 
honest means., stealing or forging, in order that they 
may procure luxuries for their wives or sweethearts. 
Grief and bitter humiliation follow in their wake. 
Many people are penniless and homeless m old age be- 
cause of extravagant living in their younger days. 

Just now I recall a home in which I was a frequent 
guest during my girlhood. The house was a rambling 
one-story farmhouse, gray with age and the buffeting 
of many storms. Vines clambered over it and great 
trees arched their graceful branches in sheltering 
beauty above it. To the most casual observer, " Home 
was written everywhere in living greens .and graj'S, in 
pleasant scents and sounds. For here was a home 
with rest for the weary, a welcome for friend and 
stranger a restful quietude for the oppressed. Here 
peace and plenty abounded ; here was a real home with 
Christian ideals exemplified in noble living. There 
was comfort and plenty but no useless luxury, for here 
were home-woven carpets, splint-bottomed chairs, an 
old-fashioned lounge, some rocking-chairs for the older 
people a large table well furnished with writing equip- 
ment and books— books on every hand, well chosen 
and much handled— such furnished the common sit- 
ting-room. . 
1 The table in this home was bountifully spread with 
simple/wholesome food which was simply served. The 
real joy of the meals was found in the conversation- 
animated, interesting, elevating and edifying. Rich 
viands would have been out of place on that table. 
The mother was in the midst of things as she could not 
have been had the family taste demanded an elaborate 
menu ; the father's brow was not furrowed by worry 
over debts he could never hope to pay; he was the 
joyous and highly intelligent leader in the cheerful 
conversation. 

How well I remember the deep impression made 
upon my heart by my first visit there. I then under- 
stood the fine poise and well-stored mind of my dear 
girl friend as I had not understood it before; and 
never in after years could I resist the temptation to 
improve an opportunity to revisit that home, and to 
this day, it fulfills my ideal of 'culture and true sim- 
plicity in life. Out from this home there came, to en- 
rich the world with their fine talents and wholesome 
ideals, a prominent editor, a doctor and two outstand- 
ing educators. Later on, several orphaned grandchil- 
dren found a real home, a safe haven and splendid 
training in that old home where the sane, sweet, simple 
home life was lived. There was intelligent industry 
but no straining after wealth and show, no broken 
down bodies made so in the mad rush for money with 
which to outshine their neighbors. Here was simple 
food, inexpensive furniture, kindly courtesy and un- 
selfish consideration for others, reverence toward God 



and love for their fellow-men— what more could one 

ask? 

In sharp contrast there comes to my mind, a pic- 
ture of another home, a very pretentious city home be- 
stowed upon a lady by a childless uncle. In a vain 
effort to live up to the house, the family's trouble be- 
gan, for their combined income was wholly inadequate 
to the demands made upon it. Their former mode of 
living had been very modest, but an unholy ambition 
fastened itself upon the father and the elder daughter, 
and destruction could not have come to them more 
surely had they deliberately planned for it. 

Expensive furniture was bought on the installment 
plan, more expensive clothing, and entertaining was 
indulged in, the meals were served in courses by the 
tired mother, for their new and elaborate manner of 
living did not include the expense of a maid. There 
were hand-painted dishes, breakfast and dinner sets 
painted by the daughter, and so intent were the inmates 
upon the proper use of their several forks and other 
accessories to the elaborate meals, that conversation 
was all but impossible. The effort to make an appear- 
ance of affluence was so obvious, so pitifully ludicrous, 
that a visit to this home was a weariness to the flesh 
and a humiliation to the mind and 'soul, especially to 
one to whom the tired mother confided her many 
trials and heartaches brought about by a willful, ex- 
travagant husband and a vain, foolish daughter. 

The house seemed to have an attraction for col- 
lectors, so frequently did they ring the bell, but to no 
avail for they departed apparently finding no comfort 
in the oft repeated promises to pay tomorrow. The 
laundry man, the gas man, the milkman and the water 
man all took their turns as well as their denials and 
left in no good humor. 

Voices in that home were strained and high-pitched, 
faces were marred by lines of worry, love was not there 
nor peace nor joy; all was chaos. The house became 
as the old man of the sea to the family. Details of the 
result are too harrowing to give; suffice it to say, it 
all ended in tragedy and ruin. 

Is it not far wiser to leave off all false pretensions, 
to be satisfied with life in sweetness and simplicity? 
Far better is it to live for imperishable things, using 
our energy and talents for the really worth-while 
things for the betterment of humanity and the pro- 
motion of the Kingdom of Christ, rather than to squan- 
der them in the vain effort to make a display which 
renders us ridiculous in the eyes of those whom we 
most wish to impress with our superiority. 
Sheridan, Mo. 



The Healing of the Nations 



BY RAYMOND B. BAUGHER 
First pri.e oration Eli.abetlitown Colfes* V'"" «»»'«' 

Every generation has had certain fundamental prob- 
lems peculiar to its age. Only as these have been suc- 
cessfully solved, has civilization been able to advance. 
Our generation, likewise, has many, great issues that 
must be met with the same heroism that characterized 
our forefathers. And the most perplexing of the 
many problems, which today so seriously concern us, is 
the problem of war. . 

Could we but realize the momentous import of this 
issue our interest in its solution would be more than 
passive Today Christianity faces a grave crisis and 
a divine duty. In this aftermath of history's most ter- 
rible war, we see two paths before us. One leads in- 
evitably to another war by renewed preparedness for 
the most efficient military, economic, educational and 
religious means of waging it. The other begins with a 
complete rejection of war. and of all preparations for 
it for any purpose and against any people; it demands 
definite organization for peace. These two paths lie in 
opposite directions; we cannot possibly follow both. 

There is abundant evidence indicating that civiliza- 
tion is not on the path marked by the footprints of the 
"Prince of Galilee." Ungodly scientists are trans- 
forming every known force of nature into gigantic mon- 
sters for the destruction of human life. The next war 
will make the last look like a toy cannon and tin 
soldier in comparison. It will draw into the monster 
maelstrom, not only every available soldier, but every 
institution and all possible resources. Not only armies 



will be annihilated, but whole populations will be fair 
game. Scientists have made liquid fire and poison gas, 
the submarine and the tank. They have made guns 
that at a range of seventy miles can blast to pieces un- 
defended towns. Science has threatened to use bac- 
teriology, at first intended to halt epidemics, to cause 
them instead. It has made it possible for a war that 
started with the crack of an assassin's pistol at Sera- 
jevo to spread over all the world and to comprehend 
humanity in colossal ruin. Science has opened the 
door to financial systems by which nations, waging war 
to the point of exhaustion, can pledge the credit of 
many generations yet unborn. Modern science is our 
most treacherous foe, unless the spirit of the Master 
can take possession of the new powers which science 
has conferred upon us. 

The fundamental peace principle of Christianity 
demands the utter rejection of war. unequivocally and 
without compromise. We are firmly convinced that 
this can be achieved, hut only by the refusal of all 
peoples to participate in war. simply and sufficiently, 
because war is by its very nature at variance with the 
message, lit.' spirit, and the life and death of Jesus 
Christ. We unite in supporting treaties of arbitration 
and conciliation, limitation and reduction of arma- 
ments, international courts of justice, a league or asso- 
ciation of nations for the preservation of peace. But 
unless these covenants are founded upon the principles 
taught by Jesus, they are hut willow bands tied round 
the'arms til" humanity, and the giant of human nature 
when aroused, snaps them all asunder and carries off 

,1 ates of Gaza. Viewing war. then, as the most 

fiendish of enemies, what is the solution for the problem 
and crisis before us? Can we look to education to 
validate these covenants between nations? Though tt 
was through education that man rose above cannibal- 
ism and abolished crucifixion and torture, though edu- 
cation brought tolerance for religion, and banished the 
horrors of the inquisition, though education removed 
the mantle of ignorance and exposed the primitive 
superstition of witchcraft, though education united 
with religion and legal authority in proclaiming the 
abolition and savagery of dueling, yet, we cannot de- 
pend upon our schools and educators to make secure 
the trc.ities agreed upon by nations, so long as they 
continue to teach a jingoistic patriotism, which blocks 
the way for an international spirit of goodwill. We 
need a patriotism which knows no limits of geography. 
„ or yd of race, nor even of time, but which is as wide 
and as onward-reaching as the Kingdom of God itself. 
Such a patriotism is made possible only by creating 
in man a new heart which cries out with David when 
he said; "Create in me a clean heart and renew a 
right spirit within me." 

The initial responsibility rests entirely upon the pro- 
fessed followers of Christ. It is the primary purpose 
of the chinch to make the principles of the Prince of 
r , :ic , incarnate in the lives of the people of all the 
nations of the world. To do this the church must 
trmscend all divisions of nationality, all prejudices, 
strife jealousy and hatreds of nation for nation, class 
for class church for church and of person for person. 
I, must rise to the height of its divinely given mission. 
The church can not depend on the leadership of gen- 
erals or admirals, or financiers to safeguard the world 
or nations with a program of preparedness; nor can it 
await the changing policies of statecraft. It must keep 
its eve single to God's commands and must see clearly 
its Founder's immortal and stupendous contrast be- 
tween that which is Ccesar's and that which is God s. 

I et the church of Jesus Christ demand that our 
schools and educators of the whole world teach the 
youth that it is better to live for humanity than to die 
for one's country. Teach them the folly and horror 
[ ,, ,r, and rewrite the world history from a Chris- 
tian point of view. Show then, through the study of 
the history of Babylon and Nineveh, of Rome and 
Germany, that nations that take the sword shall die by 
the sword. Teach them that the heroisms of modern 
warfare are but glancing sunbeams upon a sea of blood 
and tears. Convince them that one missionary states- 
man on a salary of six hundred dollars a year does 
more to abolish war than all the battleships of our 
navy Point to the Boxer indemnity we returned to 



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China as the true principle of national glory. Let the 
same press that lied about German atrocities now teach 
the youth goodwill toward all peoples. Let the same 
theatres that train the youth in crime and impurity now 
foster unalloyed friendship between men of all nataons. 
Let our narrow dissevered churches join hands with 
the noble purpose of proclaiming the Gospel throughout 
the entire world. The federation of the church of 
Jesus Christ for God and humanity must be the am- 
bition, the purpose and the prayer of every Christian 
This is the basis of a practical program that will 
ultimately insure lasting peace. Then, and only then, 
will the church have assumed her responsibility as the 
servant of the world. Then will we have moulded a 
people who will make future wars an impossibility. 
Then when this great illusion of war shall have been 
banished from the world's mind, we shall see civiliza- 
tion continue on its onward march of progress toward 
the light of a better day. Then will come the complete 
victory of judgment and reason over man's predatory 
instincts Then the destructive science of warfare shall 
turn its thoughts toward the realm of constructive 
achievement. Then will the posterity of that far-off 
day honor and revere our generation, because we 
accepted and practiced the philosophy and teachings o 
the Great Teacher of Galilee. This and only this shall 
be for the healing of the nations. 



had scores in the police court every Saturday night 
charged with drunkeness and crime, and now we have 
but a handful." 

Evidently prohibition has been a success. It not, 
why are liquor interests so exercised about it? Didn't 
they from die beginning want it to fail? Has pro- 
hibition failed? Ask Evangeline Booth, head of the 
Salvation Army, about it. Hear her answer: En- 
emies of the Volstead Act waste their time when they 
try to tell organizations like the Salvation Army that 
national prohibition will not work. Vast changes have 
come about and to undo them would be to strike a blow 
at every fireside and every industry in this country. 

Judge Gimmill of the Superior Court says: "The 
decrease in arrests for drunkenness shows the need is 
not for less prohibition but for more-prohibition bet- 
ter enforced." . 

No one is alive today who will see the prohibition 
amendment repealed. There are not enough wet 
States to sanction the condition of such a poll and there 
never will be. Prohibition stands for much that our 
American flag stands for, as "Liberty." Think of 
the thousands of men who have been liberated from 
the drink habit and the women and children who have 
been relieved from poverty. 
Myrtle Point, Oregon. 



The Benefits of Prohibition 

BY VIRGINIA SMITH 

Is it not strange that more is not said and written 
about prohibition? Considering what a boon it has 
been to the country, and what marvelous blessings it 
has wrought, one would think that papers would make 
constant reference to it, and that orators and preach- 
ers would often speak of prohibition. Perhaps the 
prohibitionists think that the battle is won; but the 
liquor people are watching every chance to hinder the 
enforcement of the law. What a great disaster it 
would be to the American people, should they succeed! 
Kansas was the first State in the Union to enact 
prohibition. This was in 1880. The people loyally 
maintained it through great tribulation, being sur- 
rounded by wet States that poured, a constant stream 
of liquor into the State; but Kansas fought a good 
fight and won. As a direct result of prohibition 
Kansas has $200,000,000 in banks and $67,000,000 in 
mortgages in other States. It has six hundred dollars 
per family in live stock. In Kansas there are eighty- 
seven counties without any insane, fifty-four counties 
without any feeble-minded, ninety-six counties without 
any inebriates, thirty-eight counties without any poor- 
houses, fifty-three counties without any persons in 
jail, and over one hundred without a representative in 
the State penitentiary. 

In 1917 America was wet. More than 200,000 sa- 
loons were destroying the thrift and efficiency of the 
American people. There were that year 7,269 building 
and loan associations in the United States with a total 
membership of 3,838,612 and total assets of $1,769,- 
142,175. In 1926 the total number of associations 
was 12,000, with a total membership of 11,27^,000 and 
total assets of $6,280,000,000. In that period the num- 
ber of associations nearly doubled, their membership 
nearly trebled, and the assets nearly quadrupled. Pro- 
hibition has been a big factor in the marvelous growth 
of these financial institutions. 

The Congressional Committee of which Representa- 
tive Grant M. Hudson is chairman, in its report on the 
alcoholic liquor traffic, said : 

" The general health of the nation has greatly im- 
proved under prohibition. The death rate fell from 
13.92 per 1,000, the average for the wet years 1913 to 
1917, to an average of 12.3 under prohibition. In 
round numbers, a million lives have been saved by 
this decrease in the death rate, to which prohibition is 
one of the principal determining factors." 

Law and order have been greatly promoted by pro- 
hibition. In the largest city in Virginia shortly after 
prohibition went into effect, a policeman was asked 
what change he had seen for the better. His answer 
was: 

" You do not know anything about it; formerly we 



Flashlights from History 

BY JNO. S. FLORY 

VII. The John A. Bowman Brethren and The Honites 
Our picture today will be revealed by two snap- 
shots. These will take us to the mountains of Ten- 
nessee and the plains of Ohio. There is not much that 
is common in these two stories. In fact they are con- 
trasts rather than parallels, but they are brought to- 
gether here with the idea of helping us to see more 
clearly and concretely the vision that these flashlights 
are intended to reveal. 

The John A. Bowman Brethren 

This story centers in the Pleasant Hill congregation 
in Eastern Tennessee. John A. Bowman was an elder 
in this congregation and one of the leading elders of 
the Tennessee District. While largely a self-made 
man, he was a strong preacher, a man of unimpeachable 
integrity of character, and one universally beloved by 
those who knew him. He was one of the prominent 
elders of the south in his day. 

It was along about 1857 that he had been appointed 
by the court as the executor of an estate. It happened 
in the course of his official duty that it became neces- 
sary for him to bring suit in chancery in order to close 
up the business. Before doing this, however, he took 
counsel of the church and the church gave him per- 
mission to use the law as the case required. The estate 
was settled up, apparently to the satisfaction of every- 
body concerned. 

Some time later, however, some of the interested 
parties became dissatisfied. They brought charges 
against the administrator and the matter ultimately got 
into the church. People took sides in regard to it and 
bad feeling was generated. Before the matter was fi- 
nally disposed of Bro. Bowman was found in error and 
the fellowship of the church was withdrawn from him. 
Like numerous others, as we have seen, he refused to 
accept the verdict of the church as final and refused to 
count himself out of the church. He went on with his 
church work preaching, baptizing and officiating at 
love feasts, as he had done before. Part of the congre- 
gation accepted the verdict of the committee and so 
refused to follow further in his leadership. But many 
went with him, casting in their lot with him, and 
whether he was to be counted in or out of the church, 
they were willing to accept the same fate. 

So far as Bro. Bowman was concerned, however, he, 
seems never to have had any doubt but that he could 
make reconciliation with the church when he could get 
to Annual Meeting. But the Civil War was now on, 
traveling was dangerous and expensive, the Annual 
Meeting was far away in the north, and so he waited, 
expecting at the first opportunity, so he had declared 
to his friends, to go to the Annual Meeting and have 
the matter adjusted. But alas, this opportunity never 
came. 



Bro. Bowman was a man of positive convictions. 
He was an ardent advocate of peace and thoroughly 
opposed to war, and his opposition was well known. 
As war sentiment runs high in times of strife, it is not 
always prudent to say all that one thinks at such times. 
This was true in the case of Bro. Bowman. His efforts 
in the cause of peace had made him enemies in certain 
circles. In 1863, I think it was, he was called out of 
his house early one morning and shot dead by a man 
in a gray uniform, a true martyr to the cause of re- 
ligious liberty and freedom of speech. 

This left the body of members that he had gathered 
about him without a leader. They later made applica- 
tion to the general Conference to be restored to the 
church. A Conference committee was sent to handle 
the matter. The committee reviewed the case thor- 
oughly and decided that Bro. Bowman had been un- 
justly expelled. They found no irregularities in his 
action, and, as regards taking the law, he had done only 
what the church had granted him permission to do. 

Those who had formerly been members of the 
church were reinstated without confession; and, inas- 
much as the expulsion of Bowman was found illegal, 
the committee decided that all those who had been re- 
ceived into the church after his expulsion should also 
be received into full fellowship without confession or 
rebaptism. So the matter was finally adjusted to the 
satisfaction of all. 

The Honites 

This body had rather a brief and capricious career. 
The people were named after their leader, Peter Hon. 
Peter Hon first came into view among those early im- 
migrants to Kentucky. Here he lived most of his life 
and seems to have done a good deal of preaching. His 
distinctive work however was done in Ohio. About 
1820 he began to go into Adams County, which lies in 
a bend of the Ohio River opposite his Kentucky home. 
Here he preached the doctrine that the communion 
supper is the Jewish passover. He did not seem to 
make much impression by his doctrine for some time, 
but later on two young ' men who had joined his 
standard he ordained to the ministry. 

They now, as if taken by a sudden inspiration, threw 
themselves soul and body into the cause they had es- 
poused. They created a good deal of excitement; en- 
thusiasm ran high. They had the ability to stir peo- 
ple's emotions and so they held a number of what were 
regarded as very successful revivals. People were bap- 
tized in considerable numbers. They had now repudi- 
ated triune immersion and baptized their converts by 
a single dip. Things went on in this fashion for sev- 
eral years. A considerable body of members were col- 
lected and much enthusiasm prevailed among them. 
' But alas, all this was destined to be short-lived. 
These young men had been too successful, they had 
succeeded beyond what they were able to stand. They 
became jealous of one another. Each claimed the 
honor of having built up the work'. Then came dis- 
paraging statements and covert efforts to diminish each 
other's influence. Thus jealousy grew into rivalry, 
rivalry into strife, strife into open antagonism. 

Of course' each had his friends. This divided their 
congregations into cliques and factions. The excite- 
ment with which the members had been gathered was 
now converted" into distraction which drove them apart. 
And the upshot of the matter was that quarrels, dissen- 
sions, and strife and rivalry so prevailed among them 
that, in the absence of any wise leadership or steadying 
hand, they fell to pieces and disappeared about as sud- 
denly as they had grown up. 

It is clear that these two young ministers had never 
been thoroughly indoctrinated in the principles of the 
Brethren Church. This body was more unlike the real 
spirit and genius of the Brethren, it seems to me, than 
any other in any way connected with our denomina- 
tional history. 

These two histories are seen to be in sharp contrast. 
In the former case the church was at fault. It had 
acted arbitrarily by unjustly expelling a brother. In 
■ the second case a cause went to pieces because it was 
built upon- the shifting sands of selfish interest and 
sentimentality instead of the sure foundation, the grace 
of God. 

Bridgewater, Va. 



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Recreation and Efficient Service 

BY KUFUS D. BOWMAN 
B. Y. P. D. Article-Pro*™, to January 29 
■'Jesus advanced . . . in stature " (Luke 2: 52). 
This is a theme of which the church has said too 
little We are just beginning to recognize that it pays to 
nlav' The .rosy-cheeked boy who uses his energy in 
body-building will render a larger contribution to so- 
ciety than the sallow-faced boy of the modern soda 
fountain. There is an intimate connection between 
service and health. There have been men who have 
rendered a large contribution with weak bodies Bu 
think of the countless numbers of young men with grca 
talents who have gone to premature graves because ot 
Weak bodies. Health is wealth. Health is happiness. 
Health is success. Health means greater service. 
?ake care of your body, my boy, for it .s the house in 
which your soul lives. William Cullen Bryant kept him- 
self in a healthy bodily condition to an extreme old age 
by taking long daily walks in the sunshine Bancroft 
the great historian, kept his body in fine physical trim 
by daily horseback rides. Gladstone was able at a ripe 
old a-e to perform enormous mental work because of 
the physical stamina he created by cutting down trees 
L the park. Health is wealth to him who wiU pay the 
nrice in building the body. 

P My ideal of manhood is Jesus. The artists have 
done Jesus an injustice by painting him as a man 
effeminate and weak. Jesus was a mans Man. He 
had a splendid physical body. You do not hear any- 
where of his being sick. He simply radiated health 
wherever he went. Jesus had a powerful personality. 
When I think of his driving out the money changers, 
I see that he is a Man so powerful that nobody can 
resist him. He was able to back up his tremendous 
convictions with his physical stamina and moral cotir- 
ao-e Jesus believed in recreation and saw the value 
in it. He played as a natural boy. In later he he at- 
tended a wedding feast at Cana of Gab ee. "He ad- 
vanced in stature." Only a strong body could have 
stood the strain of those later years. If you want to 
see ideal manhood, look at Jesus. . 

Periods of recreation are essential in maintaining the 
health of the body. The glory of a young man is his 
strenoih But to have health does not mean that a 
young man must have great, heavy muscles. It is 
quality of muscle and not quantity in which we should 
be interested. Health will not come without effort. 
It is the result of constant struggle. Through pure 
food, fresh air, regular sleeping hours and wholesome 
exercise the boy and girl must develop their bod.es. Be a 
child of the out-of-doors. Let your laughter be touched 
with bird-song and your whistle to the thr. .of the 
whippoorwill. Your health in later years will depend 
in a large measure on your body building now. 

The older men and women must not forget to play. 
A physician once said that two of the greatest pro- 
fessors at a certain large university were retired ten 
years early because they forgot to play. The grind 
of office work must be interrupted by periods of play. 
You will find that you can come back to your work 
with more vigor and greater tasks will be accomplished. 
It will pay you dividends in health of body and alert- 
ness of intellect. Recreation means greater efficiency 
in service. 

Recreation has a definite bearing on the moral life ot 
young people. Out-of-door games which require physi- 
cal stamina are a moral factor in the life of young 
people. It requires a clean body to be a winner in the 
games Young men will not smoke cigarettes be- 
cause they destroy efficiency. Young people will not 
engage in immoral practices because they decrease the 
physical powers. Games develop the will. They cul- 
tivate power of restraint and self-control. Contrast 
the healthy, radiant boy of the out-of-doors, with the 
sallow-faced, cigarette-sipping lad and you will agree 
with me that plav has a definite bearing on morality. 

Recreation plays an important part in the social 
life of man. Many children because of lonely condi- 
tions at home, or through some personal peculiarity, 
do not have the power to cooperate with others. Many 
of their elders lack this facility also. There is nothing 
that will develop the spirit of cooperation or socia- 
bility like games with others. The selfish child learns 



to take his turn with others. He learns to take defeats 
without discouragement and to win without undue ela- 
tion The child learns to live with people by playing 
with them. Every boy and girl ought to learn the 
art of playing unselfishly with others. This is neces- 
sary training for the service of later life. 

Recreation is necessary in order to provide adequate- 
ly for the spiritual needs of young people. Wholesome 
recreation is truly Christian. The church is just be- 
ginning to realize this fact. Enhancement of fellow- 
ship by means of play and social interest is a truly 
Christian objective. Play is compatible with the best 
spiritual development. If the church does not recog- 
nize that there is a normal craving of young people 
for entertainment and provide for it, she will either 



evidence continually? Will he guide our tongues? 
Will he guide our feet? Will even the tones of our 
voice seem to say : " He is in my heart, and his fullness 
fills full my life " ? 
Pasadena, Calif. 




injure all their spiritual powers by repression or she 
will drive them to seeking a right satisfaction in a 
wrong way. If the church does not recognize the value 
of recreation and supervise it, she will drive her chil- 
dren into commercialized and worldly amusements, 
thus subjecting them to temptations they ought not to 
have to bear. It should be a part of the church's pro- 
gram to provide a larger fellowship through the sanc- 
tions and safeguards of the church. This can be done 
through wholesome recreation, literary study, and good 
work Recreation under the supervision of die church is 
essential in order to care for and nurture the spiritual 
life of young people. . 

All of the discussion thus far has a bearing on the 
main theme, " Recreation and Efficient Service." As 
young people we are all anxious to make the largest 
possiWe contribution to humanity and to the church. 
We have great visions and we dream dreams of better 
things to come. Very few are the times when we stop to 
think of the part recreation plays in success. Jesus was 
a man's Man and we take him as our Ideal. A sound 
body is an essential instrument to success. Health of 
body can only be maintained by good habits and whole- 
some exercise. Our power to serve is increased by the 
moral excellence of our natures. Morality is en- 
hanced by restraint and self-control cultivated through 
»ames Our sphere of service is enlarged by a mag- 
netic social nature. Sociability is cultivated by a co- 
operative team spirit with others. Our power to serve 
is controlled by the deep spirituality of our souls The 
spiritual life of young people must be safeguarded by 
wholesome recreation under the supervision of the 
church. Recreation is necessary for efficient service. 

Roanoke, Va. «^»~. 

The Secrets of Paul's Greatness 



11: 



BY GEORGE W. TUTTLE 
"Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me" (Gal. 2:20). 

Undoubtedly Paul had, naturally, great ambition, 
perseverance and courage; but did not his worst ene- 
mies have these same traits of character as well? Pau 
said- " Yet not I. but Christ liveth in me. Was not 
this to his greatness what the mainspring is to the 

watch ? . 

To Christ— and to his Christ alone- 
All things he owed I 
The Master's power was his; it filled, 
And overflowed! 
Was not the Lord Jesus Christ the Pilot of his life? 
And known to him is every rock and shoal ! Was he 
not to take charge of life's vessel for every hour and 
moment? When Paul was empty he was ready to fill 
_" For when I am weak, then am I strong. 

Would not every bit of talent or power that was 
Paul's natural possession strain at its leash under the 
inspiration of the Master's infilling until he exclaimed . 
■■ Yea woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 
He made tents for a living, but he made a life by 
allowing Jesus Christ to live in him, by the Spin who 
came to fill the vacant place on earth when the Master 
ascended on high. 

Only the Christ-filled and Christ-directed life 
achieves true greatness today. There is a sham great- 
ness, a puny affair that says, as did old King Nebuchad- 
nezzar " Is this not great Babylon, that I have bull ? 
You will recall that this boastfulness preceded 
his going out to eat grass with the oxen and learning 
that God was greater than even Nebuchadnezzar. 

If Christ lives in us today, will our friends and 
neighbors be oblivious to that fact, or will It be m 



TENTATIVE PROGRAM FOR REGIONAL 

MINISTERS' CONFERENCE 

Bethany Bible School, Feb. 7-10 

Tuesday 

8 ■ 30— 9 : 30, Bihlc Hour.— Warren Slabaugh. 
9:30—10:30, The Present Situation in Our Churches. 
Four fifteen minute addresses 

1 Ministerial Board Member, 
I. D. Leatherman 

2 Mission Board Member, J. Oscar Winger 

i Layman W. J. Werkman 

4. Woman Mrs. V. B.Wright 

10:00—11:45, Discussion. 

2:00-3:00, Situation Outside of Our Churches That 
Calls for Attention. 
Four fifteen minute addresses 
1 City A. O. Mote 

2. Country W. T. Heckmar. 

3. Small town O. D. Buck 

4. Layman's Viewpoint, Homer Sanger 

7 00 P. M., Unique and Distinctive Elements in the Life 
of the Church of the Brethren That Need 
Emphasis Today in the Light of Modern 
Life— J. W. Lear. 

Wednesday 

8 • 30- 9 ■ 30, Bible Hour.- Warren Slabaugh. 

9-30-10:30, Constructive Criticism and Suggestions Re- 
garding Pulpit Presentation. 

Minister Clyde J. Forney 

Layman Clyde M Culp 

Youne Person Ruth Shnver 

15-11:45, Effective Pulpit Presentation.-O. G. Davis. 
200-3:00, Constructive Criticism of the Programs and 
Organizations of General Boards. 

Pastor (20 mmu.es) D. G. Berkeb.le 

Board Member (20 minutes) ..W. W. Peters 
7:00 P. M., Types of Church Discipline and Their Rela- 
tive Values.— Edward Frantz. 
8:00— 9:00, General Discussion. 
Thursday 
8. 30— 9-30 Bible Hour— Warren Slabaugh. 
9:30-10:311, As Pastors of This Region, Whi 
Trying to Do? 

1. Wilbur Bantz. 

2. Ralph Hatton. 

3. G. O. Stutzman. 

4. Charles Forror. 
10:30—11:30, General Discussion. 

2- 00— 3 : 00, How Can the Free 

r T t Church ,. H. Eidemiller 

"he Minister O. D Wer-g 

3. The Community ■■ 

* 00— 4:00, Discussion. 

00-8:00. Bethany Musical Program. ^.^ 

00— 9 : 00, Church Loyalty, K - 

Friday 
«. to- 9-30 Bible Hour.— Warren Slabaugh. 

SSS^.W- Program-Committee 
Report. 
1 ■ 00— 4 : 00, Discussion. . 

6 00 P M Banquet (Program to be arranged) 
Please note the following: (1) No Reg.s.rafon F« 

serv ed with cafeteria lunch a. n»J«« ^^ 

Buren St., Chicago, III. a ^.^ 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. 



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Ministry Plan Be Im- 



THE TASK BEFORE US 
T.erehasneverbeena.^in.heh.^thewoHd 

when human.ty was in grea ^ „,„,, in sc ie„ce 

r^l^nrpu, the worM in a stir in ma- 
teria, and religious acfvit.es as never b=fo£ 

In some places *»*%»£?££%£** *-* 
that died for mankind and hav !»«* Thfa 

-I- to the Popular issues »n d pre* en - f^ ^ 

iS * TZ aTo-'humani.; are pLted in the hearts of 
(Continued on Page 33) 



love 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 14, 1928 



PASTOR AND PEOPLE 



Hereditary Influences on Mind and Body 



BY GEO. W. HILTON 
t the F 



....d Son Meeting of the Washington 
t Conference 



God says that he will visit the iniquities of the fa- 
thers upon,the children unto the third and fourth gen- 
eration of them that hate him. 

The phenomena of heredity, in both the plant and 
the animal world, are based upon the idea of both male 
and female. In flowers we have two kinds, the perfect 
and the imperfect. A flower is called perfect when 
provided with both male and female organs essent.al 
to the production of seed, and imperfect when it con- 
tains only one or the other. The common squash 
flower is a good example of the imperfect type. Some 
of them are male and some female. The female has a 
small squash started when the flower opens but, if the 
pollen, or seed germ of the male flower is not carried 
by wind or insects from the male to the female flower 
the small squash on the stem of the female flower will 

die. , , 

The eggs of fishes and frogs are another example 
familiar to most boys. What boy has not seen the 
masses of common frog eggs, stuck together with a 
gelatinous substance, and lying in still or stagnant 
water' The female frog lays these eggs, each con- 
taining a life germ, and the male frog (and the same 
with fish) comes along and ejects into the water, near 
these eggs, a milky substance called sperm which con- 
tains the male seed or germ. Each sperm has a 
vibratile tail with which it swims to the ovum, or egg, 
and makes itself fast. In about an hour the two cells 
have become four, in another hour eight, etc. These 
cells become elongated and finally a small head appears. 
In about four days it becomes a pollywog which later 
loses its tail and becomes a frog. 

The common hen's egg is not a real egg; that is, it 
is something more than an egg, being a great mass of 
nutritive material in a shell which protects and nour- 
ishes the chick during the period of incubation. The 
real egg is a little white speck of gelatinous matter 
found on one side of the egg white. If this is not fer- 
tilized by the male germ, there will be no chick. 

In higher animal forms the egg is formed, fertilized, 
and grown within the body of the female. 

In plants and animals the fact of heredity is very 
pronounced. Because of heredity we are able to breed 
race horses for speed, heavy milking cows for butter 
production, best breeds of egg laying hens, bacon hogs, 
wool producing sheep, etc. 

In man heredity is still more pronounced. It is both 
physical and mental. The characteristics, good and 
bad. of both father and mother are inherited by the 
children. 

Let me give you a very striking case of heredity in 
plants. The truck gardens surrounding Chicago, where 
hundreds of tons of the world's finest cabbage once 
grew, were ruined and production ceased because of a 
disease called yellows, a blight that killed the cabbage. 
Renovating the ground was tried. After crop rotation 
cabbage failed again. The agricultural experts of 
three States studied the problem with no success. Then 
a professor from Wisconsin University, coming on the 
ground to study the problem, found in a fifteen-acre 
field two heads of cabbage that the blight had not 
touched. He kept them for seed. By planting this 
seed he produced a disease resisting cabbage that has 
revived the industry again. 

The navel orange is an example of heredity in fruit. 
The Department of Agriculture brought from Bahai, 
Brazil, some orange trees and planted two of them in 
California. From them developed a peculiar seed- 
less variety, now known as , the navel orange. 
From this parent tree cuttings were taken and root 
grafts made and America's navel oranges are the 
direct result of the laws of heredity. 

As to heredity among animals, in 1889 there ap- 
peared suddenly in a herd of cattle at Atchison, Kans., 
an animal without horns. Through inbreeding of this 
male there was produced the now famous breed of 



Polled Herefords-without horns. In 1791, in Massa- 
chusetts, Seth Wright, a sheep man, found a queer 
looking lamb in his flock. It had short, bow legs and a 
long sagging body like a Dachshund dog. Wngh had 
much trouble with his sheep jumping his highest rail 
fences and, shrewd Yankee that he was, he bred this 
short legged ram and produced the Ancoii, a breed of 
short legged sheep that could not jump fences. This 
breed was popular for years until it had to give way 
to breeds that produced better wool. 

Now allow me to say a word in relation to heredity 
and evolution. The hornless cattle were not produced 
by breeding cattle with shorter and shorter horns the 
sheep by breeding those with increasingly short legs, 
or the seedless orange by the slow elimination of the 
seeds to the vanishing point, but these individuals 
appeared suddenly among others of their kind, in their 
perfect state, and were simply propagated. 

Heredity in man is a similar thing. Charles Darwin 
author of the theory by that name, was a member ot 
the Royal Society of London. His father and both 
his grandfathers were members of this organization of 
not-d scientific men. Three sons became members, 
one son was a member of the Royal Geographic So- 
ciety, and already two grandsons are men of marked 

ability. 

Johann Sebastian Bach, noted organist and com- 
poser, born of peasant stock, in six generations pro- 
duced fifty-seven musicians of repute, twenty-seven of 
whom were really noted in the musical world. 

The Jonathan Edwards family is an outstanding 
example in American life. In 1900 there were 1.394 
descendants of this family traced. There was not a 
pauper among them but there were many professional 
men, including sixty physicians, sixty authors, over a 
hundred ministers and missionaries, a hundred lawyers, 
seventy-five army officers, two hundred and ninety-five 
college graduates, and thirteen college presidents. 

In contrast to this look at the Max Jukes family. A 
century and a half ago there drifted into a community 
in the State of New York -six individuals who were 
the forbears of this unusual family: Max, the hunter, 
fisher, and alcoholic ne'er-do-well; Lem, the sheep 
thief; Lawrence the licentious; Margot and Deliah, 
the wantons ; and Belle, who had three children by as 
many different negroes. From this stock comes a 
family that has cost the U. S. government over $2,- 
500,000. No matter where found, they are feeble- 
minded, immoral, dishonest, and criminal. There were 
1,200 known descendants in 1874 and 2,094 in 1915. 
There are now 1.25S descendants living in this country 
of whom 310 are paupers, over 600 'feeble-minded and 
epileptic, 140 criminals, and seven murderers. There 
is not a soldier among them, not one had a common 
school education, only twenty ever learned a trade, 
and ten of those learned in prison. 

Heredity is not everything but it is something. The 
destiny of a man is determined by three things : heredi- 
ty, what he is; environment, what he has; and training, 
what he does. 

Education is not heritable, for learning comes about 
through individual effort, but a child raised in a cul- 
tured home has the advantage of inspiring, stimulating 
contact with people of mental ability. 

Bodily diseases, such as gonorrhea and syphilis, are 
not heritable but are passed from parent to child at 
birth. These diseases are no more heritable than 
smallpox or scarlet fever, but being diseases of the sex 



organs, with which the child comes in contact at birth, 
they are almost certain to be passed to the child. 

These diseases are generally transmitted through im- 
moral sex relations, but they are sometimes transmitted 
to innocent persons through unclean toilets, kissing 
those affected, and carelessness in sanitation. 

Of which of these diseases has the picture been 
painted too black? Gonorrhea is responsible for over 
eighty per cent of all infant blindness and for a large 
percentage of the operations involving the sexual and 
abdominal organs of women. Syphilis is responsible 
for much feeble-mindedness, insanity, hardening of the 
arteries rupture of blood vessels in the brain, etc. 
Many a man by his past sins in sowing wild oats is 
directly responsible for the disease and suffering of 
his wife and children as well as for his own agonies. 

In some States there are marriage laws that demand 
a certificate of freedom from venereal disease before a 
license can be issued. I think this is a fine thing even 
if it may sometimes work a hardship on the innocent. 
For the sake of future posterity it should be encour- 
aged These sex diseases, communicated from mother 
to child at birth and from person to person through 
impure sex relations, are among the worst of the curses 
of our times. 

Young people have a right to a free and reverent dis- 
cussion of the sex problem and we should, in order to 
meet this need, inform ourselves as to the hereditary in- 
fluences of parents upon the minds and bodies of their 

children. 

In conclusion, I would say, boys, refrain from sow- 
ing your wild oats or you will reap a whirlwind 
harvest of suffering for a family unborn, for God visits 
the iniquities of the fathers upon the children unto 
the third and fourth generation of them that hate him. 

Yakima, Wash. 



Said About Children 

GLEANED BY EMRA T. FIKE OF THE WELFARE BOARD 

" I love God and little children." 
" Call not that man wretched who has a child to sup- 
port and love." 

" What is home without a child ?" 
" Nothing in this world is so blessed and sweet as 
children." 

" The child with no home to retire to is stripped of 
life's best reward and defenses." 

" Tesus was the first great Teacher who showed 
genuine sympathy for children." 

" Home is the grandest of all institutions." 
Oakland, Md. 



Lost— A Child 

BY RALPH R. HATTON 

No, the child was not stolen by gipsies, kidnapped 
and held for a large ransom, or spirited away to some 
dark and damp cave or lonely shack to weep, grieve, 
and starve unless a large sum of money was paid for 
its release. If that were the condition there would be 
numberless men, strong men, brave men, who would 
volunteer for the search and rescue of the child. The 
sad facts surrounding the case are entirely common- 
place and undramatic. They do not have enough of 
the spectacular to arouse the passing comment of the 
world. Who lost the child, is the question. 

The bare, sober fact is, the father lost the child, lost 
it by degrees. He was too busy with his own affairs; 
he had no time to notice the child. He was too en- 
grossed in his newspaper to answer eager questions; 
his business was so absorbing that he had no time to 
amuse the child during these hours and years in which 
the child thought the father was the dearest, " bestest 
daddy a child ever had. So the child slipped from him, 
from his counsel and influence; and today it is lost! 

Then the child's mother lost it. Mother was too 
busy with domestic cares to give her child any time; 
social duties had to be attended to, for her standing in 
society could not be neglected, even for the sake of 
the instruction and companionship of her child; so the 
little child was pushed aside. Even the mother s 
church obligations were too important for her to take 
time to hear the prayers of her little child. Thus the 
child was pushed aside at the age when its confidence 
and companionship should have been cultivated and 
cemented. So the child was lost to her and the home. 
The school lost the child. The teachers were too 
interested in filling the child's head with modern edu- 
cation and trifles to be concerned about the child's 
spiritual welfare, or whether it reached manhood or 
womanhood morally fit to take the part in life it 
should. They were more ambitious to qualify the 
child for some profession than to prepare it for the 
greatest of all professions a man or woman can strive 
for— that of fatherhood and motherhood— so the 
school's opportunity of preserving the child for the 
work of its life, vanished away. 

The church had the child and lost it. The church 
was so confident that its machinery and program were 



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competent, and mere membership m it a sufficient 
assurance of safety, that it paid no attention to the 
child's religious experience. The church seemed to 
think that the rounds of its affairs were of more im- 
portance than a religious experience, and Sunday- 
school attendance better than being saved; that the 
child was a member and attended services seemed larger 
to the church than the child's vital relation to God 

The child heard no sermon or studied no Sunday 
lesson that would aid it to qualify for the business of 
being a father or mother or help it to avo.d the traps 
which Satan sets for young feet to enter Thus the 
church let the child slip from its protection and the 
child was lost. 

The world and worldly people found the chdd un- 
tutored and an easy prey. The world set ,ts trap or 
the child, laid its bait, caught the child, ruined the 
child and sent it out to live a life of misery and want. 
Now the question is: Who is to blame? 
Toledo, Ohio. 



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HOME AND FAMILY 



3 



The Shopper 

Quite eagerly I shopped through all the town 
For garments such as I saw others wear 
With subtle charm. I did not pause to care 
What price I paid. I craved a sliver gown 
Of cool sophistication, and a crown 
Of sparkling worldly wisdom for my hair, 
A coat of artifice, and everywhere 
Bright fringes of pretension hanging down. 
I found them all; but now I've put them on 
And stand before my mirror, I can see 
The glittering things do not become me. 
I turn to reach my old dress it is gone— 
The old discarded dress, simplicity. 
I wonder if it can be found again ! 

— E. Y. Williams. 



When 



" Where Do They Get It?" 

BY ANNE SHANNON MONROE 

■ " Where do they get it !" perplexedly demanded the 
park superintendent, as he paused on the mountain 
side to breathe deeply and mop his brow while his 
little grandson ran blithely on ahead. 

We had been discussing-in this delectable spot of 
the high gods-the current crimes, the robberies, car 
wreckings! bank hold-ups, and shootings coming out 
I wha? we have always considered the backbone 
of the American people-out of good farmer stock 
good small-town stock, cities and umversities, often 
from our " best families." 

"Where do they get it!" he repeated. It can 
be laid altogether to the war, for many of these boys 
never saw the war. It's like a mushr «««£•* 
springing up everywhere. Something drastic must be 

d °We stepped out of the trail, for hikers were coming 
down the narrow way: men and women „red and 
dusty and sunburned but happy; and children runnmg 
on ahead with their hands full of wilted mountain 

"""see that?" he said sharply. " With signs every- 
where saying, 'Don't pick the flowers'! It happens 

"'He ttopped the children and explained why they 
must not gather the wild flowers, how the great na- 
tional parks would soon be denuded and species lost if 
all visitors gathered them at will. Besides, they only 
withered and died in the long hike down to the hotels. 
He took the flowers away from the children ; showed 
them how "dead" they were where a little while ago 
they had lifted their faces so joyously to the sun; re- 
minded them that had they only been left tc , hve out 
their natural lives, they would have produced seed to 
give us flowers next year. He talked mtelhgently and 
Patiently, and secured their promise to gather no more 
wild flowers in national parks with such nice respon- 
siveness. I thought, "What an ideal man for the place ! 
We climbed on again with pleasant talk. It wasn t 
long until his little grandson popped out of a by-path 
and plumped himself suddenly before us, h* hands full 
of wild flowers, 



"Hullo!" exclaimed my friend, stopping short, a 
broad smile lighting his face. 

" To take home to muvver," the little boy said hap- 

P " A moment the man hesitated. Then he accepted the 
flowers, and the child ran on ahead. 

" Well, I guess these few won't be missed," hesaid, 
" and the little fellow got them for his mother." 

But— it raced through my mind— likely the other lit- 
tle fellows got them for their mothers, too. Was the 
wrong less because the man was on the ins.de, loved 
the child, knew his motive— and temptation? Did cir- 
cumstances so entirely alter cases? When he turned 
back with the child, and I. went on alone, I found my 
mind reverting to our talk. There seemed a connec- 
tion some way, between the incident and the subject 
of our earlier discussion. If it was wrong to gather 
flowers in the park at all, it was wrong for everybody. 
The leniency, the crime condoned because of its small- 
ness and the closeness of the tie between the two. 
wasn't there a mistaken slant in this attitude that was 
fundamental with humanity? " A mushroom growth, 
he had said of the current crime wave. Was it. 

Other small common dishonesties came to my mind : 
the mother marketing at the corner grocery, sampling 
this, and this, and this; the little tyke at her heels 
furtively slipping a handful of peanuts, some dried 
fruit candy ; later, the child alone sneaking past a fruit 
stand and grabbing a banana, an apple, an orange, run- 
ning wildly, " getting away with it." 

I thought back along the years of my own childhood - 
to mite societies and church suppers. I could see again t„ 
the smile that went covertly from face to face as the 
women workers watched that one-it seems there was 
always at least one-who, while " dishing up put 
aside a quarter of a cake, a side of chicken a glass of 
jelly and other tidbits to carry home. Always slip- 
ping things out to one side, slyly, though the act was 
hidden from none.' A particularly venturesome one, 
I remember, used to put aside an entire cake carefully 
choosing the richest and best-a thick chocolate layer 
or a flaky white cake all crusted over with wonderful 
coconut chips-hiding it away on a top shelf and car- 
rying it off under her apron though nobody was fooled. 
A young woman, handsomely gowned, her car at 
the curb, while shopping picked up a small parcel some 
other shopper had dropped. The sales slip was there 
she could easily have returned it to the lost and found 
department where the owner could have recovered her 
property; but no-she dropped it into her shopping 
bag and with a toss of her head over her own smart- 
ness went on, the richer by a fifty-cent package of 
embroidery floss for which she probably had no use. 
Again the old mania to get something for nothing, 
something for which she had made no adequate return; 
the heritage. One could not but wonder-had the 
wealth she was enjoying come into her family through 
similar methods? Would her son, carrying on the 
strain-and strains deepen with the generations-try 
some still more venturesome method to gain still great- 
er possessions for which he would offer no price? Per- 
haps become one of the youths of the land whose 
crimes so shock us? It's but a step farther along on 

the same road. , ,„„,j 

Family dishonesties came to me: money borrowed 
from a relative or friend, which we think does not 
have to be returned; the easy-going way some people 
have of forgetting small debts-postage stamps, car 
fares, theatre tickets. A certain mother came to my 
mind: she mortgaged her home to send her daugh r 
,o college on the understanding that the daughter would 
teach school and pay off the debt. But with the tat 
year's earnings the daughter went to Europe; vnth 
he second, she took a post-graduate course; with he 
third she got married; with the fourth, she buried the 
„ to who had worked and worried herself into he 
grave trying not to lose the old home which was all 
s, had on elrth. And yet, today, this daughter ,s ^n 
of the leading spirits in her community in the light 
alalnst the crime wave, apparently wholly unconscious 
ol her own crime against her mother. 

Then that mother escaping from a tiresome , obhg a- 
tion, over the 'phone. Have we not all heard it 
H... w, no. .11 dc. i<? " I'd ju.t tow to go-J fe.l 



terribly about it! But Clara is taking part in that 
play, and there's her costume to get ready and every- 
thing; and the baby seemed to take cold last night— I 
must keep my eye on him. And Tom's at my elbow 
every minute, begging for a candy-pull. And— dear 
me. I just don't see how I can go, do you? I always 
miss the most interesting things!" 

And all the time competent little Clara is working 
away at her own costume into which her mother will 
probably never put a stitch, and the baby is asleep in 
his crib, and Tom is absorbed in his radio; and she 
turns away from the telephone with "Thank good- 
ness, that's off my mind, anyway !" 

And'soon little Clara, who has taken it all in, is at 
the telephone in her turn, and it's " Oh, I am so sorry, 
but mama wants me to keep the baby while she 
goes—" 

It doesn't matter where, one place is as good as an- 



Motherless 

BY BESSIE HOLSINGER JENKINSON 

(Author', no,,: A .roup of »'•>•■ «™ gS"^!UT S"i ".'. !. 
,.r .n or B ani,ed S",,l«y..cjool rfa». ^n. .taf^ cto ^ ^ 

5™ ^0' children ol , 1=0.1 orphan.*.. The a..i.«de toward .ho child 

tez, E3js r.,«scr, „: h o„,r^ho*h^,o 

?"««? in « -Iron? .moll babe, to .- » ."«. Vo.ng Pooploj 
i ""mncnt. After rejection Iho ohild .clhm rW'ct m a cot.ca 
v,v oui.o . lons.hy Mother's Day Pro«r.iin .» planned Or 
W homo Iron, .ho meeting, whi.o p.ndenn, 



and mtl.il 



.ho firs, lir 
, half hour 



c pon'ILTmn in i"- ■"*— - -• 

ol the following, poem came to the 
Iter arriving homo .he poem, Mother- 



:omplctcd.) 

I bear you talking of Mother's Day. 

And mosl of the people have much to say, 

For they've bad a mother true and kind, 

To turn to in grief, their wounds to bind. 

They think ..( some lovely and sunny spot 

Where life knew joys that faded not: 

They think of a mother's love and care, 

Each burden and pleasure she was wont to share; 

Of a face so knowing in time of need, 

Though others saw not or stopped to heed; 

A gift from God. the Father of all, 

If on a mother's name, he grants us to call. 

But why arc there some so sad today, 
Standing in shadow with nothing to say? 
Why those weary lines of care 
On childish faces so sweet and fair. 
On [aces that should sparkle with gleams ol bght. 
' From twinkling eyes, pure sunbeams bright. 
Alas, the sad answer from little lips does come. 
" I am without a mother, love, or home. 
So many mothers in the world today 
But none to whom I may look and say: 
' A mother to me, though I lost mine, 
A mother sent by the Lord divine.'" 
Why is' is. dear people, this childish voice 
Must utter these words, not spoken by choice, 
When God's in the heavens a Father to all 
Why none to call " Mother" by one so small? 
Have we fallen from Christ our Lord 
When childish voices must utter such word. 
Or arc we careless and heed not the why 
These children, so lonely, for mother do cry? 
True, they have plenty to wear and good food to eat, 
A shelter from cold and a place to sleep. 
But their hearts are heavy and sad, 
Without a mother to make them glad. 
No mother to tuck the coverlets round them in bed. 
Or to place a kiss on the tiny head, 
Or teach them to lisp the little prayer 
Thanking the dear Father for love and care. 
As we think of these children without mother or home. 
L . us turn our thoughts over and think of our own. 
H,herc is no one to give these children a happy home. 
What of our children when they are left alone? 
Will all the world to them close its door. 
When their mother is here to comfort no more. 
Will they be so lonely and sad on each Mothers Da>. 
Becausc'their mother was taken away 
And the world has no mother with them to share 
To help them their crosses and burdens to bear? 
Dear Father, open our hearts big and wide. 
That all motherless children may come to °«r side 
Aud say. "Though my mother was taken from me, 
The Great Father, so loving and kind, doth see. 
Here are mothers full of God's love 
Sent by the Lord who ruleth above. 

Here rXom r ;^-"-'^''"»^•'•• 

A mother from th"t. » ,,tl 

L»ton, C«1W. ■*.>■ 



24 



AMONG THE CHURCHES 



Calendar for Sunday, January 15 
Sv,„d.y..choo. L...on, Jesus and Sinners-Mark 2: 1-17. 
Christian Worker.' Meeting, An Adventure in Fellowship. 
* + * * 
Gains for the Kingdom 
One baptism in the Heniet church, Calif. 
One baptism in the Belvedere church, Calif. 
One baptism in the Mt. Hope church, Wash, 
On. baptism in the First church, Baltimore. Md. _ 
Five baptisms in Bethany church, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Two baptisms in the Omak church, Wash., Bro. W. H. 
Tigner of Gray, Wash., evangelist. 

Two baptisms in the Rodney church, Mich., Bro. J. E. 
Wells of Ozark, Mich., evangelist. 

Four baptisms in the Rice Lake church. Wis., Bro. D. A. 
Crist of Quinter, Kans., evangelist. 

Thirteen additions to the Cerro Gordo church, 111., Brother 
and Sister O. H. Austin, evangelists. 

Four baptisms in the Silver Creek church, Ohio, Bro. R. 
R Hatton of Toledo, Ohio, evangelist. 

Si* baptisms in the Broadfording church, Md., Bro. John 
F. Graham of Windber, Pa., evangelist. 

Si, baptisms in the West Green Tree church, Pa., Bro. 
Benj. Ebersole of Hershey, Pa, evangelist. 

Two baptisms in the Leamersville church, Pa., Bro. Jos. 
Clapper of Yellow Creek, Pa., evangelist. 

Twenty-tire, baptisms in the Hartville church, Ohio, Bro. 
J. Perry Prather of Ashland, Ohio, evangelist. 

Thirty-five baptisms in the Manchester church, Ind., Bro. 
M C. Swigart of Philadelphia, Pa., evangelist. 

Nineteen were baptized and one reclaimed in the Pleasant 
Hill church, Ohio, Bro. W. C. Detrick. pastor-evangelist. 

Eleven were baptized and one reclaimed in the Unity 
church, Va., Bro. D. B. Garber of Basic City, Va., evangel- 
ist. 

Two were baptized and two reclaimed in the Red River 
church, Ohio, Bro. I. J. Kreider of West Milton, Ohio, 
evangelist. * * * *J* 

Our Evangelists 

Will you share the burden which these laborers carry? Will you 
pray for the success of these mc 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 14, 1928 



Bro H. H. Nye of tHc General Mission Board and Secre- 
tary Bonsack are -representing the Board at the annual 
Foreign Missions Conference this week at Atlantic City. 

Mi.. Mabel Pence, soprano and director of music, Beth- 
any Bible School, and Mr. Frederick Frederickson violinist 
will broadcast a Mendelssohn program on i Jan. 17 7 111 to 
8 P. M., Central Standard Time, Station WLS. Miss Pence 
makes her debut as a public singer in a rectal in Kimball 
Hall, Chicago, on Feb. 24 at 8: 15 P. M. 

Bro. Albert Holling.r sends us from Kindersley Sask 
this stimulating word: " I drove seven miles in sle, ,gh today 
to meet with our congregation and serve then , the ther 
monieter forty degrees below zero We are learning o 
endure hardship as we go toward the setting of the ^ 
This is a verv cold winter and much snow The warm 
hearts of our dear brethren and sisters and the many dear 
h, chidren who attend services these cold Sundays ™h- 
V compensate us for what we suffer from the cold and 
somehow the Lord makes us feel our sacrifice and service 
are not in vain." 

Bro Ja.. A. Sell of Hollidaysburg, Pa., now in his eighty- 
third 'year, has recently published a second volume ol itul 
poems under the title, "Twilight Poems. No. 2. This 
name was suggested by the fact that most of them were 
wrtten in the twilight hours. Bro. Sell [modestly disclaim 
all "pretensions as a poet" but is obliged to admit that 
"strangely enough people receive my humble Production 
with grateful . hearts." "Messenger" readers have had 
frequent opportunity in past years to verify this, except 
-hat they may doubt the necessity of any qualifying 
"strangely" In this more permanent form these verses 
full of beautifully simple and tender sentiment, will be more 
widely appreciated still. A limited edition has been printed 
for the special satisfaction of interested friends, but as 
long as the supply lasts the author will be glad to fill any 
orders for copies at fifty cents each. 
• >J. .J, ,& *fr 



Bro. Ira Lon, of Goshen, Ind., to begin Jan. 15 in the 
West Goshen church, Ind. 

Eli Rufus P. Bucher of Quarryville, Pa., to begin Jan. 
22 in the Lancaster City church, Pa. 
* * * * 
Personal Mention 

Southern California end Arizona has chosen Eld. E. M. 
Studebaker as Standing Committee member at the Oak- 
land Conference with Eld. J. B. Emmert as alternate. 

"To tench .bout Chrut, to lead to Christ, to build up 
in Christ," is the aim of the Sunday-school, as s.tated in the 
new yearbook of the Ottumwa church, Iowa, Bro. Earl 
R. Myers, pastor. 

Fir.t 1928 vi.itor. at the "Messenger" rooms were 
Brother and Sister H. E. Phillips of Birmingham, Ala., 
Sister Allie Eisenbise of Springfield, III., and Sister Ruth 
E. Stattler and Donald of Lanark, 111. 

Bro. Homer C. Heine., pastor of the May Hill congre- 
gation of Southern Ohio, has decided to give most of his 
time to evangelistic work and is now ready to book en- 
gagements. Churches interested may communicate with 
him at Peebles, Ohio. 

Bro. William Beahm and wife, lately returned from Af- 
rica, are temporarily sojourning with the Shambergers on 
.South Edison Ave., Elgin. Bro. Beahm's pulpit ministra- 
tion last Sunday morning was much appreciated. He ex- 
pects to do some University work while on furlough. 

Bro. E. H. Eby, pastor of the North Saint Joseph church 
of Northern Missouri, had been living across the river at 
Wathena, Kans. He is now located in the newly purchased 
parsonage at 2923 Saint Joseph Ave., Saint Joseph, Mo., 
adjoining the church building. This will greatly facilitate 
pastoral work and Bro. Eby is anxious to get the names 
and addresses of persons who ought to be brought into 
touch with the church there. If you know of any such, 
write him. 

Bro. W. B. Stover said in a recent Sunday sermon, ac- 
cording to the "Seattle Post Intelligencer"; "The Lord's 
Book, the Lord's house and the Lord's day— these constitute 
a wonderful trio. They factor mightily in making manhood 
true and strong and good. To discount any one of them 
is to discount the Lord who lives in *them. To have a kind 
regard for- all of them is to have a high regard for all 
righteousness. They are both the cause and the result of 
the highest idealism, pragmatic coadjutors in all Christian 
civilization." 



Miscellaneous Items 
» Nod fir.t, .mile first, speak first, give first, and, if such 
a thing be necessary, forgive first and forget first." This 
is the doctrine thev teach at Walnut Grove, Johnstown. Pa., 
according to the New Year's message of the pastor, Bro. 
Galen K Walker. Is it because they practice it also that 
they were able to add to their membership during the past 
year, seventy-eight by baptism, five by former baptism, 
two V restoration, twenty-one by letter, a total of one hun- 
dred six? 

The Peace Oratorical Contest held under the direction of 
the General Welfare Board at the time of the recent Stu- 
dent Volunteer Convention at Detroit, Mich., resulted as 
follows: Lorrell Weiss, La Verne College, first place: 
Edward Ziegler, Bridgewater College, second place; Mar- 
garet Belle Spangler, Elizabethtown College, third place. 
McPherson College was represented by Howard Keim, Man- 
chester College by Sam Mohler, Bethany Bible School by 
Clarence Shockley and Mount Morris College by Staccy 
Shenton. According to the plans announced by the Gen- 
eral Welfare Board in the Dec. 10 issue of the " Messen- 
ger " the winner of this contest will be sent as a delegate 
to represent our church at the World Youth Peace Con- 
vention in Holland, August, 1928. 

The circulation man reports finding the following lines 
in a letter dealing with the Junior Quarterly, which is writ- 
ten by Sister Edith Barnes. "Dear Sister Barnes: I hope 
you will pardon my writing you, but I am trying to teach 
a class of junior boys in our Sunday-school and am using 
the quarterlies which you write. We find them very help- 
ful, well prepared and rather unique in method of present- 
ing the scriptural truths. I somehow have felt impelled 
to write and tell you this, as a matter of information and 
possible encouragement. For a number of years I had been 
writing a junior quarterly for the — 



wruiug tt j uu jut Mum^"j *"* 

know something 'first-handed' of the work required to 
prepare this material." Doubtless others have the same 
appreciation of the Junior Quarterly, only they did not 
express themselves as did this teacher. 
* * * ♦ 
Special Notices- 
Minister, should note the program of unusual strength 
for the Regional Ministers' Conference to be held at 
Bethany Bible School, Feb. 7-10. Details will be found on 
page twenty-one of this issue. If you look over this ten- 
tative program we are sure you will want to attend. 



La Verne College Bible Institute will be held at La Verne 
College Jan. 29 to Feb. 5. President A. C. Wieand and 
Eld. C. D. Bonsack will participate in the program and 
will be assisted by President Studebaker. Dr. D. W. Kurtz, 
Dr. J. B. Emmert, Eld. H. A. Frantz, Eld. J. S. Zimmer- 
man and a number of other speakers. The music will be 
directed by Prof. B. S. Haugh. Free lodging will be pro- 
vided by the good people of La Verne and meals will be 
served at the college. The student activities will again 
contribute much to the success of the Institute. Write to 
La Verne College for a program. It is not necessary to 
arrange for lodging before you arrive. Remember the 
dates and come, we will take care of you.— Edgar Roth- 
rock, La Verne, Calif. 



Mission Receipts for Tuesday, January 3 

Total for the Day, $3,462.78 

York, Pa., $25 for World-wide. 

York, Pa., $2 for World-wide. 

Elgin, 111., $2 for India Mission. 

Coulson, Va, $1 for World-wide. 

Antioch, Va, $1 for World-wide. 

Ladoga, Ind, $1 for World-wide. 

Bethel, Ohio, $25 for World-wide. 

Empire, Calif, $6 for World-wide. 

Rome, Ohio, $41.87 for World-wide. 

Baugo, Ind, $26.08 for World-wide. 

Sterling, 111, $6.75 for World-wide. 

Lewi.town, Pa, $1 for World-wide. 

Emmett, Idaho, $24 for World-wide. 

Mt. Joy, Pa, $36.97 for World-wide. 

Aughwick, Pa, $6.04 for World-wide. 

Wiley, Colo, $18.25 for World-wide. 

Middlebury, Ind, $14 for World-wide. 

Roanoke, La, $21.05 for World-wide. 

Summit, Va, $17.37 for World-wide. 

Greenyille, Ohio, $15 for World-Wide. 

Waynesboro, Va, $5 for World-wide. 

Meyer.dale, Pa, $13 for World-wide. 

Sangerville, Va, $15 for World-wide. 

Tuscarawas, Ohio, $5 for World-wide. 

Mt. Carmel, Va, $64.16 for World-wide. 

Rice Lake, Wis, $11 for World-wide. 

Lewi.town, Pa, $69.05 for World-wide. 

Red Creek, W. Va, $4 for World-wide. 

Astoria, 111, $10.77 for Home Missions. 

White Rock, Kans, $2 for World-wide. 

Oronoco, W, Va, $4.50 for World-wide. 

English Prairie, $29.22 for World-Wide. 

Conemough, Pa, $13.40 for World-wide. 

Windber, Pa, $20.26 for Home Missions. 

Poplar Ridge, Ohio, $12 for World-wide. 

Melvin Hill, S. C, $18.06 for World-wide. 

We.t Dayton, Ohio, $20 for World-wide. 

Westernport, Md!, $12.83 for World-wide. 

Whitestone, Wash, $6.82 for World-wide. 

Perry Pa, $40.60 for Junior League— 1927. 

Old Furnace, W. Va, $4 for World-wide. 

Nettle Creek, Ind, $37.64 for World-wide. 

Ardenheim, Pa, $10 for Foreign Missions. 

Rome, Ohio, $12.50 for Africa Share Plan. 

Capon Chapel, W. Va, $5 for World-wide. 

Butte Valley, Calif, $13.33 for- World-wide. 

Shippensburg, Pa, $50 for Home Missions. 

Merrington, Canada, $6.50 for World-wide. 

Laton, Calif, $3.60 for Junior League— 1927. 

Carlisle, Pa, $25 for India Boarding School. 

West Milton, Ohio, $49.16 far World-wide. 

Snake Spring, Pa, $50 for India Share Plan. 

Twin Falls, Idaho, $56.31 for Home Missions. 

Ashland, Ore, $22.07 for Junior League— 1927. 

Lindsay,' Calif, $53.69 for Junior League— 1927. 

Lower Stillwater, Ohio, $24.75 for World-wide. 

Patterson, Calif, $4.53 for Conference Budget. 

Aid Societies of Ore, $7 for A. S. M. F.-1927. 

West Nimishillen, Ohio, $18.48 for World-wide. 

Waynesboro, Pa, $250 for missionary support. 

Juniata Park, Pa, $25 for Junior League— 1927. 

Middle District, Ohio, $33 for Home Missions. 

New Carlisle, Ohio, $134.79 for Conference Budget. 

Coventry, Pa, $100 for support of H. Stover Kulp. 

Donnels Creek, Ohio, $51.70 for Junior League— 1927. 

Y P D '. of Md, $300 for support of Earl W. Flohr. 

Fruita, Colo, $7.50 for World-wide; $3.15 for Africa. 

Long Green Valley, Md, $6.25 for China Share Plan. 

Salem la $18 for World-wide; $10 for B. Y. P. D.-1927. 

Sebring, Fla, $25 for Africa Mission; $84 for World-wide. 

Beatrice, Nebr, $15 for World-wide; $2 for Home Mis- 

S '°Flora, Ind, $91.33 for World-wide; $69.50 for Africa Mis- 
La Verne, Calif, $116.50 for support of A. G. Butter- 

. Walnut, Ind, $21.65 for Junior League— 1927; $54.10 for 
World-wide. 

Chestnut Grove, Va, $50 for support of Rebecca C. 
Wampler. 

Allison Prairie, III, $5 for Junior League— 1927; $5.71 
for World-wide. 

Pleasant Dale, Ind, $31.99 for Conference Budget ; $67.81 
for Junior League— 1927. 

Pleasant View, Ohio, $25 for India Native Worker; $27 
for Junior League — 1927. 

Owl Creek, Ohio. $24.70 for World-wide ; $16.75 for sup- 
port of Lola Helser; $1 for Home Missions. 

White, Ind, $440 for World-wide; $2.48 for Conference 
Budget Designated (American Bible Society). 

Washington City, D. C, $250 for Junior League— 1927 ; 
$30 for Africa Mission; $5 for support of Ethel Roop. 

Trotwood, Ohio, $100 for support of Elizabeth Ober- 
holtzer ■ $120.03 for Junior League-1927; $136.11 for World- 



Milledgeville, 111, $10 for Foreign Missions; $3.39 for 
World-wide; $1.81 for India Boarding School; $3.01 for 
Home Missions; $1.51 for China Hospitals. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 14, 1928 



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AROUND THE WORLD 



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Too Much Glad Hand 
We do not know who holds the record for shaking hands, 
but we presume that the President is near or at the top. 
For at the annual New Year's Day reception this year he 
shook hands with 3,300 well wishers, and as a result, suffered 
from a recurrence of the swelling of certa.n tendons ,„ h 
right wrist. Handshaking is a good thing, but 1.1c. most 
good things, there are occasions when exuberant Amcncans 
are inclined to overdo it. 

A Conscience in This Will 

A certain well-to-do San Francisco, Calif., lawyer has 
rememl r d two o, his clients to the Cent of $40,00 m is 
will. I. seems .hat the two clients m J-- - ; 
tain investments at this lawyer's suggestion, and that these 
investments ultimately involved heavy losses. Now the 
element of conscience enters at the pent where the lawyer 
r solved to recognize certain moral, though not legal, ob- 
ligations to his clients. The reader .s a. liberty to con- 
template what might happen if all lawyers, and , ate. to 
that matter, would p ut a bit of consci ence m then wills. 

The New Diplomacy 

The new diplomacy is moving in the direction of the 
Golden Rule. For example, America's ambassador to Ger- 
many Jacob Gould Schurman, recently announced that he 
had collected $400,000 for the restoration of the old budd- 
ings of Heidelberg University and that this friendly gesture 
from American friends had cheered Germany as the fit 
ray of sunshine in the New Year and given to the Ger- 
mans new proof of American generosity ,n the service o 
science and education. The best national de ense that 
America can set up is improved international relation 
based on just such spontaneous and generous acts as that 

recorded above. 

Tribal Customs Now Out of Date 
Those who feel that society is making progress at too 
slow a rate may be helped by thinking how far men have 
ally come in certain of their attitudes toward their f . - 
ow-men. Those who know tribal customs through the r 
re ding, know also that the treatment accorded the aged 
he sick the insane and other needy or unfortunate classes 
has improved tremendously within the past century, and 
v „ much within the present generation if one but stops 
o think These observations were called to nund by the 
act that a few days ago a Chippewa Indian was sentenced 
o life imprisonment for the slaving of his aged and .nfirrn 
mother-in-law. The slayer's defense was that old tribal 
Customs sanctioned efforts to hurry the infirm - <£ taw 
hunting ground. It is hard for modern ma to t reahz ho w 
far he has come without comparing present day attitudes 
with ancient practice. 



The Trend in Building 
The building boom has been the backbone of business 
expansion for a number of years. The shortages created 
during the World War and the very general demand for 
better homes were back of this boom, but obviously the 
strenuous efforts made to supply these demands made it 
impossible that the situation could continue <«*f<»«?X 
And the expected decline has apparently set ,n, for During 
,he pas. year building permits in representative cit.es have 
declined twelve per cent, below the corresponding figures 
for las, year, and these recessions have been accompan ed 
bv declining prices of building materials and considerable 
unemployment in the building trades. The fact, however 
.bat construction work of other types has gone ahead « 
even larger volume than last year has compensated 
measure for the lessened activity in certain l.n« and pre- 
vented the industry from running into depress.on. 



THE QUIET HOUR 



Sarewtlontf for the Weoldr Devotional Heettnr Or for 
Prayerful, Private Meditation- 



The Son» of E«au 
Many a man enjoying the right use of his mind ha* mar- 
veled at the stupidity of Esau. The man who sold h s b, h 
right for a mess of pottage is commonly held up sa can 
didatc for the position at the extreme foot of the line. Yet 
Esau ha" spiritual sons today who are hourly exceeding him 
fn the sheer stupidity of their acts. What about the poo 
I who drinks most any kind of swill to get a kick 
Esau was a fastidious man by the side o such when it 
came to trading his birthright for a mess of pottage And 

r„\:: i™. '.-..»* m *. ** ^ .« a *-* * r« 

oeddlers down in an Indiana city who were making a sys 
« effort to enslave high school indents to hashish 
For pure stupidity it seems to us that the high school 
students who were ready to sell .heir birthright for drugged 
eg Is have Esau completely outdone. And then poor 
acob-he looks rather angelic by the side of the depraved 
men who would ruin young life for the sake of a few dol- 
lars in gain I 



The Little Nations Achieving Equality 
It has been pointed out that one of the interesting 
ach events for the past year is an improved status or 
the smaller nations, particularly those members of the 
League of Nations. In theory the smaller states have been 
equal ,0 the great powers. But here, as is usua 1 theory 
not always realized in practice. And the dominat on of the 
League by the great powers stirred the little nations unt 
« eTfinal y asserted themselves and realized actual as well 
asTheor.tL.ly equal powers. Out of the total .ct four een 
seats on the council the smaller nations no w 1 old » n as 
against the five major powers-England. France Germany 
Italy and Japan. What the so-called little nations have 
ch eved is just another step in the long process of de- 
veloping better international relations. For one can not 
5 Tut feel that the little nations, having the most to lose 
under war conditions, will undoubtedly strengthen league 
work for peace as they co me into full er power. 

What the Church Means to Men 
Ministers throughout the country who have been especial- 
ly successful in attracting men recently cooperated in pre 
paring a statement on what the church has !•=«««»■ 
The statement was issued through the church advert, ng 
department of the Internationa. Advertising Associar, on 
and was reproduced in newspapers about as follows The 
church brings an authentic message concerning God which 
eads ,0 the" secret of a., worth while living. 1 : r.cogn « 
the universal hunger for God and the possibility o com 
munion with him. It reveals God as a hv.ng, per onal tore.. 
The church offers to men the most inspiring task in the 
world I. gives them a view of life which lifts them ou 
of themselves and relates them to vast purposes It 1 has a 
world-wide program of social adjustment, sane, loned and 
empowered by religion. It offers modern mar. a fightrng 
chance in the great struggle to improve cond, ions life 
here on ear.h. It asks men to devote their best taknts_ 
their keenest wisdom and their highest genius ,n making 
this world what it ought to be. The church off e , a ^ moral 
foundation on which commerce may be established and 
character may be built. It gives an enlargement of il fe 
meaning, guidance in life's endeavors, and an assurance 
life's outcome." 



The Creative Mind 
The world will never be able to pay its deb. to the creative 
tvoe of mind for the men with such minds solve the prob 
ems and dis over the processes which underlie all materia 
vah.es Even such a mind on a vacation may concrete the 
possibilities which make millions richer through all gen 
era ion «o come. For example, Thomas Edison, now pas, 
egly years of age, has gone on his usual vacation to 
"fo da While high priced northern executes W.U be 
playing golf Mr. Edison will be exper.men.ing wi.hjhe 
sticky juice of the Madagascarensis. an imported rubber 
v ne " Thus, while Mr. Edison is nominally on a vacation, 
be will be having the time of his life trying ,0 find a rub- 

^^y^r^ty^p^ul- 

and manufacturing processes which will enrich m, 



Tliree Conditions of Successful Prayer 

Gal. 6: 9; Luke 18: 1-8 

For Week Beginning January 22 
I. BE STILL AND KNOW THAT 1 AM COD 

Let hurry cease. Loosen the tense muscle. Quiet the 
tingling nerve. Dismiss the preferences and prejudices 
which hold such tyranny over you. Present yourself alone 
and quiet before God. This din drowns out the still small 
voice. One can be furiously full of the words of prayer, 
only to grow more and more confirmed in some clearly 
evil course of action. We must empty ourselves and be 
quiet. . . 

"I love to steal a while away 
From every curab'ring care, 
And spend .he hours of setting day 
In humble grateful prayer." 

(Psa. 4:4; 23:2; 119:62; Matt. 6:6; 14:23; Mark 1:35; 
Luke 5:16). 
II O GOD, MY HEART IS FIXED 

It will help our praying to think less of the things we 
want, the perils we face and the numerous items of our own 
short vision, and to fix our hearts more and more on God 
and to wait for him. The Godward look should be the set- 
tled habit of our minds. In those odd moments when cares 
relax, our thoughts are heavenward-their nattira state 
This is our fatherland. Here only is the heart at peace 
(Psa. 25:5; 27:14; Isa. 40:31; Micah 7:7; Acts 1:4: Heb. 
12:1. 2). 
Ill LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW 

•■ He praycth best who loveth best." It is only loving con- 
templation of God which transfers his likeness to the face 
of the one who beholds him. Love begets love in human 
hearts The successful trainer loves his animals Even 
flowers grow better for the one who loves "« 
the key to everything good our lives may seek CM.tt.ZZ. 
37- Psa 99:9; 107:8; 145:3; 148:13: Rom. 13:8-10, 1 
Cor. 13:13; 16:14; Gal. 5:22; Col. 3:14). 

SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR THOUGHT 
Do I have quie, hours alone with God? If not why not? 
Upon what does my mind dwell when otherwise unoccu- 

"what things in my life hinder the course of perfect love? 

R. H. M. 



Chinese A.k for Return of Mi.sion.ri*. 

There were fifteen American missionaries on Jhe s aH 

of ,be Nanking Theolog^ S~ Nank g Ch.na, 

^^.et^grTrr^^i^re obliged .o withdraw 
one >carago. i. , h< , outcom c 

'have been petitioned by the Chinese mem e. of the.fac 

The seminary has j* £- -j^ £'* ^'forefgn 

;;;;;:;-Ir;:Sen,s-had,me t g,do r ith^.oo^ 
of Nanking. This is contrary tc , fret, U eve 

the whole student body, we w. 
' ,1 face with the fact that foreign mtss.onaries 

,„,„„. Again. Americans have gotten a new ve ^ 



We Have often beard it said at Christian Workers meet- 
mVs and a, other places that a bit of persecution n ,gh 
d the church good. And in the case of China, some of th« 
gains being achieved through her travail of suffering, 
promise great things for the future. 

Smoke and Art 

Some of the readers of this page have visited the Art 
T tTute of Chicago and doubtless noted its char.cter.s- 
icanv dingy ex =rfor-a discoloration caused by Chicago s 
tically dingy ex haye mad( , such 

r^rt^,e Y d"ow W mueh damage soot does to ,h. 
, ,i„. Institute The superintendent ot tne 

the year. 

The Records of Our Day 

i ( „„r dav arc to be kept complete-the evu 
The records of our day are to ^ ^ 

as well as the good. The f^\ mo „ of 500 cop i e s on 

paper" is now printing a »»«■" , as anytWn g in 

paper which. ■ - '^ "^ ^ ^ of such a 

fte i™^^ of the „ex. generation, those 

rto^r J old files -l^^da", 
..arching for the though, and opin .on "J <h« * 

«- r t rr- r A rr': s n . g r.t r "dU newspaper 

during week days and two dallar p. ^ cop, ^ 

edition. A!;-' d s tooTdu ing he' Sunday features. Of 
for the daily and $.00 inclua, g 

course, no. many will subscribe for such . tug P fa 

but here and there I4njn« o rj»J» *« ^ ^ s _ 

preserving an. record -r^mes^ ^.^ ^ 

papers rcflec .t-w.n O". ha , , he matter a s 

unfortunate thing about such i . recor ^ ^ 

»e" ^ the paper ,s "*«^ S5«fc« -"' °= »« 

lory of our times. Perhaps £'«= show , he presen , 

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' Where Do They Get It?" 



(Continued From Tasc 2.V 

other lor the fabrication; and presently Tom takes 
time from his radio to write the answers to his lesson 
questions on scraps of paper to push up his sleeve and 
have handy for the " test " ; and the household swings 
on in its intricate mesh, never quitesquare with itself, 
never quite square with the world. 

And'neither do men escape. The boy of today who 
cuts red tape and goes directly to the tills is only a 
little farther along on the same road traveled by his 
father— or some other equally well-stationed boy's fa- 
ther—who looted a trust fund and left a widow and 
her children penniless— or his grandfather, who sold 
fake mining stock to hard-working wage-earners— or 
his great-grandfather who accepted a friend's endorse- 
ment of his note when he knew he was insolvent and' 
that the act would wreck the other. The explosion of 
today shocks us, but the fuse was. laid a long time ago. 
A young theological student, working his way 
through college, had to give up a much-needed job 
because his employer— a man who stood well in the 
community, contributing to all righteous causes— had 
the habit of going the rounds of his accurately- 
weighed-out parcels of sugar, tea, and coffee, and tak- 
ing a scoopful from each one to return to the bins. 
Honest scales, but no knife-edged honesty in the con- 
science of the owner. 

Success has so long been the watchword with us, 
success at almost any price, that a really honest busi- 
ness man at heart often feels himself driven by the 
exigencies of the situation to reliance on " pull," and 
scheme, and graft. Or he is the head of a family that 
is living far out on the ragged edge of their resources, 
borrowing, straining, pretending; in debt to their cars 
and falling ever deeper in debt for houses, cars, clothes, 
dinners, trips far beyond anything his earning power 
can pay for, but which they feel they must have to 
keep up with some other family that is straining just 
as hard to keep up with them; draining the 'future to 
pour into the present— worried, harassed, nervous — 
seeing no way to go on, no way to stop — never a really 
honest day in their whole lives, often enough winding 
up in some shocking climax of death and destruction. 
But that climax was being prepared for, far back 
there, with the first small dishonesties and misrepre- 
sentations. 

" We were more carefully taught in my day," one 
declared when I brought up this subject in a group of 
older women. " My mother was Scotch, and I remem- 
ber how, after my father died, mother kept the money 
for the taxes sewed up in a corner of her mattress for 
months before they must be paid, and we children 
could have all but starved before she would have 
touched a cent of it. She always said that money she 
owed wasn't hers." 

" The good old kitchen soap for mouths that lied 
was the rule in our house," said another. " And do 
you know. I never come near telling a little white lie 
to this day, that I don't seem to taste that old yellow 
soap." 

Another told of a childhood's passion for pretty ma- 
terials to make up into doll clothes, and of a little 
friend, the daughter of a merchant, who had come into 
all the samples of ribbon from her father's store. The 
terrible sense of wanting them, the temptation ; seizing 
a handful when the other's back was turned; crowding 
them deep in the little blue-checked gingham apron 
pocket, running home with them. But, safely escaped 
with the precious loot, what was she to do with it? No 
place to hide it from her mother, nothing she could 
do with it without being caught. Then the feeling of 
guilt, weighing steadily heavier and heavier, day by 
day, till finally she ran breathlessly back to the other 
child's home and restored the stolen goods. 

" And do you know, to this day, I grow hot all over, 
suddenly remembering the horror while I carried those 
ribbons about," she added. " And I can feel again the 
relief when they were safely back where they be- 
longed." 

This is the thing we must have — the educated con- 
science, the lesson of mine and thine taught so early, 
hammered in so deep, made so costly, that the slant is 
all that way. So that we can never again misappro- 



priate so much as a postage stamp without a return 
of the old uneasiness, or misrepresent so much as a 
social engagement without getting the taste of yellow 
soap. 

A thoroughly modern mother who realizes this re- 
quired her child to carry the filched candy back to the 
corner stand, and also empty his pennies from his 
savings bank into the dealer's hand. 

" Drastic," I said. " Why not be satisfied with the 
return of the candy — and his tears?" 

" Because I still believe with Solomon," she replied. 
" ' If the thief be found, he shall restore sevenfold ; he 
shall even give all the substance of his house!' " 

" It isn't anybody's," said a child, picking up a toy 
that seemed unappropriated. 

"At least, it isn't yours," said his mother, and the 
child was required to put the toy back. 

I went into a modest little school room in a remote 
region where there was very little apparatus provided 
for making children into enlightened adults ; but on the 
blackboard in freshly-written, unsmeared letters were 
the words : 

" Have your conversation honest 
" Walk honestly 
" Live honestly 
" Provide for honest things'* 
" We check ourselves up by Paul's words daily," 
said the pleasant-faced teacher. 

And then I admitted I hadn't realized where the 
words came from — the finest four-square gospel of 
veracity that could possibly be devised. 

Restraint, moderation, honesty. That old car will 
ride better than will your mind with the consciousness 
of more debts piling up. It isn't better things that you 
need to make you happier, but a better title to those 
you already possess. " Where do they get it ?" Can 
you honestly ask, my good park-superintendent friend ? 
— Good Housekeeping, August, 1927. 



What About the Twentieth Century Home? 

BY NETTIE C. WEYBRIGHT 

Much is being said, and rightfully, too, of the fail- 
ure of the modern home. We all believe the home 
is the hope and foundation of church, state and world 
progress. If home ideals should all degenerate, all 
hope would be gone and the awful history of Rome 
repeated in America. But let us work, hope and pray 
that such a fate will not befall us. 

When a good man dies, we have been taught to be- 
lieve that God will raise up another to take his place. 
When our grandparents and parents passed on to 
their eternal reward, after having conducted exemplary 
Christian homes down through the years, their homes 
were vacated and others took their places. We, in 
our generation, are trying by the grace of God so to 
order our homes that they may be a credit to ourselves 
and our religion. We desire our homes to be places 
where Christ may dwell and control each life for his 
glory, places where the soul may find peace and a wel- 
come, homes that our children in years to come may 
call blessed. We many times fail for we can not al- 
ways keep each of the varied interests of our homes up 
to our souls' ideals, but with God as our Help, if we 
are doing our best, results may be left to him. 

Thousands of us can thank God reverently for our 
Christian parents and their homes. I would rather 
have the sacred memory of my father, as each morn- 
ing he sat for a while by our bookcase, reading his 
Bible and the Gospel Messenger before going out to 
his chores, along with his lifelong habit of meditation 



Babies of Smoking Mothers Die Early 

Sixty per cent of all babies born of cigaret-smoking 
mothers die before they reach the age of two, due 
primarily to nicotine poisoning, Dr. Charles L. Barber 
of Lansing, Mich., told the annual convention of the 
American Association for Medico-Physical Research. 

" A baby born of a cigaret-smoking mother is sick," 
he declared. " It is poisoned and may die within two 
weeks of birth. The post-mortem shows degeneration 
of the liver, heart and other organs. Sixty per cent of 
all babies born of cigaret-snloking mothers die before 
they are two years old." — A Chicago news item. 



on things wortfi while— such as his godly conversation, 
his intense interest in the church and things spiritual, 
and his supreme interest in the moral and spiritual wel- 
fare of his children— than to remember my youth filled 
with frivolity and vanity, the pleasures of sin, idleness 
and luxury, with every girlhood whim satisfied ; or even 
to have inherited added thousands in gold at his death. 
Who can not say but that our real inheritance was of 
infinitely greater value to us all? 

I would rather remember my mother, clad in her 
simple garb, hospitable in a real way to friends and 
strangers, always ready to help the sick of our neigh- 
borhood, ever giving food and clothing to the poor 
and needy ; getting her four little girls ready for church 
each Sunday morning (I know now that she was often 
tired enough to have rested instead), than to haye to 
remember her— as thousands of children now living 
must surely remember their mothers— bedecked with 
paint, jewels and a very costly array, along with boyish 
bobs and all that goes with it. Even worse are the 
homes where card parties and pink teas fill the after- 
noons, and the evenings are habitually spent at the 
movies or theater parties, or in dancing and other 
empty, carnal enjoyments. These are homes where 
the craze for pleasure and excitement has become a 
mania. Even though children from such homes may 
inherit great wealth, what will they have that is really 
worth-while ? 

Now I still believe that thousands of Christians to- 
day are striving as hard to maintain really good homes 
—even in the rush and temptations of the modern times 
—as did those who lived in past generations. May we 
not hope and expect as much of our children if we con- 
tinue to implant in their hearts and lives true ideals 
of home and Christian living? 

God grant that it may be so. My fellow-workers 
of a godly heritage, let us go on, doing our best. Jesus 
gave no greater commendation than to the devoted 
woman of Luke 14 : 8, 9. So we can faithfully teach the 
children entrusted to our care by precept and example, 
and pray that God may lead them to know and do his 
will. God still reigns. He still loves and cares for 
his own. " Lo, I am with you alway " is as much the 
stay and promise of the home-builder today as it was 
hundreds of years ago. God help us to continue to 
trust him and to think and act and teach according 
to his will. 

Syracuse, hid, , > , 

The Influence of the Home 

BY B. T. STUTSMAN 

It is a law of all life that it is susceptible to outward 
and formative influences in an inverse ratio to its age. 
The disposition of an animal may be made just what 
we choose to make it by our treatment of it when 
young.. This principle is recognized in the old adage, 
" It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks," which is 
an infallible rule not only in the brute creation but 
among human beings as well. " As the twig is bent, 
the tree is inclined," is true in the vegetable world, but 
it is no less true of the mind and soul. What an oppor- 
tunity has the parent of molding the character, and so 
of shaping the destiny of his children! Some one has 
well said : " Children are travelers newly arrived in a 
strange country ; we should therefore make conscience 
not to mislead them." 

There is a great deal of criticism being aimed at 
the younger generation of today, but I wonder if much 
of it does not return as a boomerang upon the heads of 
those who offer it. Can we expect a law-abiding citi- 
zenry to be produced from homes where there is no 
respect for authority — either divine or human? Is it 
generally true that deeply spiritual Christians come 
from homes where God's name is never mentioned, ex- 
cept in curses? If today we have a generation which 
is frivolous, materialistic, lawless and spiritually lax, 
it is largely the fault of the homes of yesterday. But, 
if tomorrow we are to have a Christian church and a 
Christian nation, we must have Christian homes today. 
The home is the most important institution in the world 
because it is the fountain from which issue the streams 
of our national and church life. Hence, the influence 
of the home can not be overemphasized. 

The susceptibility of children to outward influences 



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27 



is largely due to their power of imitation, and this 
power, given to them by a wise Creator, was doubtless 
given for a wise purpose. But how often it works 
toward their ruin instead of their uplift in a moral and 
spiritual way I Too often we as parents expect our 
children to be patient, but hold before them a constant 
example of impatience; we want them to be virtuous, 
but give them an example of questionable morality ; we 
would have them loyal to their friends, but they hear 
our words of slander spoken t behind the backs ' of 
those we profess to hold dear; we are anxious for 
them to be zealous in Christian service, while we are 
indifference personified. Canon Prichard of the Cathe- 
dral of St. John the Divine has aptly said: " Parents 
are asking of the church an impossible task when they 
look to the church to give their children a spiritual 
outlook, when they give the church little thought." 
Parents, our children are as blank paper on which is to 
be written the record of our own lives. Let us be care- 
ful then what we allow to be written there, -for the 
world will read it. The secrets of our inmost souls 
form the copy which the trembling hands of our chil- 
dren are trying to write. 

"A careful man I want to be, 
A little fellow follows me; 
I do not dare to go astray, 
For fear he'll go the selfsame way. 

" I can not once escape his eyes ;. 

Whate'er he sees me do, he tries. 

Like me he says he's going to be; 

The little chap who follows me. 
" He thinks that I am good and fine, 

Believes in every word of mine ; 

The base in me he must not see, 

The little chap who follows me. 

" I must remember as I go, 
Through summer's sun and winter's snow, 
I'm building for the years to be 
The little chap who follows me." . 

Batavia, III. 



sible. Receiving children into the Home and placing then, 
in foster homes is largely done by the field secretary. Eld. 
J B Gump (also a member of our Board of five trustees), 
who exercises great care in placing them in suitable homes 
The foster home must be well recommended before the child 
is placed. Personally, we feel that the Southern District 
of Ohio has done a wonderfully good thing by establishing 
this Home for dependent and neglected children. The 
churches. Aid Societies and Sunday-schools very kindly 
help to supply our needs and we appreciate every favor we 
receive. Each Christmas our children are very kindly re- 
membered by various Sunday-school classes, consequently 
our children always have a nice Christmas and are a ways 
happy and after being here for awhile do not wish to leave. 
May God wonderfully bless those who have made this 
Home possible, and who are continuing to support it that 
his name may be honored and glorified. 

Mr. and Mrs. Willis C. Kreider, 
. Greenville, Ohio. Superintendent and Matron. 



THE MAPLE GROVE CHILD RESCUE HOME 

This Home is located two miles southeast of Eglon, W 
Va and is owned and controlled by the First and Second 
Districts of West Virginia and Western Maryland. Each 
District elects three directors and these nine brethren con- 
trol the Home. Each District also appoints a trustee. 

The Home has been in operation over eight years and 
during this period has turned many hundreds away because 




1 C ORRESPONDENCE j 



THE PRETTIEST GIRL IN WEST VIRGINIA 

In a certain town in West Virginia the K. of P. lodge was 
holding a picnic and it was decided to select five of the 
best young men of the community and these were to have 
all of the girls at the gathering line up and the prettiest of 
them selected for special honors. After the young men had 
made their selection and congratulations were being ex- 
tended to the young lady chosen, the merchants wife in 
her speech to the young lady said that she knew the 
reason she had been selected was because she neither used 
powder nor lip stick and did not have bobbed hair and wore 
sensible dresses." 

After all the simple is the ptettiest. We must be getting 
very much ashamed of the beautiful face God gave us con- 
sidering the amount of top dressing that ,s used. _ Truly, 
the long hair given to the woman " is a glory to her. Why 
cut it off? 

Possibly the sin of the past generation was putting on of 
apparel, but that of the present is in putting off of apparel. 
And it has at least a double evil effect: first, it is under- 
mining the health; second, it is very destructive of the 
morals of our young and tends to increase lust. 
Oakland, Md. E ™ T ' Fike ' 



GREENVILLE, OHIO, BRETHREN'S HOME 

The Brethren's Home of Greenville, Ohio, is not only an 
orphanage, but a Home for the homeless aged, of whom 
we have the greater number (twenty-eight at this time) In, 
this article must be confined to the children s department of 

our Home. , . _, 

We are under the supervision of the D,v,s,on 01 Chanties 
of the State of Ohio, by whom the institution is inspected 
annually, after which we are granted a charter from _ the 
State. Since most of the counties in this State have the r 
own orphanages, we do not have a large number of chil- 
dren To our knowledge eighteen is the largest number 
that have been here at any one time. At present we have 
ten children, four boys and six girls, ranging in age from 
two to twelve years. Being within the corporation of our 
city our children have the advantage of the city school. 
Being but four and a half squares from our own church 
our children attend Sunday-school regular y. Ordinarily 
we do not take children over twelve years of age, although 
sometimes circumstances make it necessary to take some 
when they are older. _ 

When children are permanently committed by the court, 
we endeavor to place them in foiter homes as soon ai pos- 



of lack of room and help. However, we have never turned 
a child away whose parents were both tod. At the present 
time there are Uventy,-six children in the Home. The chd 
„ the Home get' experience in housekeeping and farm- 
i,,g as we have ninety-three acres of land with the Home. 
Twelve of the children in the Home have become mem. 
hers o the Church of the Brethren. Seven of these ,o,ned 
a he meeting recently held by Bro. C. M. Drive The 
children are given careful religious instruction by the ex- 
matron, Sister Anna Fikc. Each child o enough 
is taught scripture verses and singing, and when olde»o 
takes U, turn asking grace a, meals. We have regular mon h y 
preaching services in the Home. Public school is in s.f 
of the buildings. 

The Home as it now is cost near twenty thousand do! ,1a rt. 
.Unequipped with a ho, water heating plant, electric lg 

rr£ S -e e p, S Tou y , WOO 1 Sndcb,edness t, yet 
' „ the^mf Colideri„g P ,he wealth of *e three Districts 
it is very remarkable that so much has b en raised .J*e 
suits have surpassed the expectations of the most ardent 
,, of ,he Home The Home not only en,oys the esteem 
Tgooi ofThe church, bu, of the entire surrounding 
couX" and some of our best supporters are members of 
other churches. 

Fach vcar we have a reunion a. the Home. At hese 
meetings we have two sermons and sometimes aeveral talks, 
he program being filled in with recitations and songs by 
he orphans. At these meetings we have from 1,000 to 

tbir^K^f^— 

from six hundred to eleven hundred dollars. 

„, addition to this, once each year the children are aken 
somewhere in one of the three Districts and a program 

, i This vcar a program was given in the Beaver 
U^ngreganor^ere'a v^ery large audience was present 
and the offering was $89.25 for the Home. 

In the Eglon congregation we are having a welfare pro- 

--""ir t r^o^ fi wir o Xa^ 

uTson^. rorphanTm recitations and songs as well as 
some others of the young people. 

During the past year the Home-with money donated 
by other Parties, .ha, earned by the Home and wha wa. 
raised on the farm-met all expenses and paid over $1,000, 
on back indebtedness. ■ 

The purpose of ,he Home is ,o furnish a home for de 
p eLen^^,drenwhohaveonepare„,,os r r,,bem h Or 



Tm::^ r wi,r nd n ;L ,:.-ish . „ome *,«£.» 

children who have no one ,0 care for ,hem un„l ,h« com- 
mittee can find a good home for them. 



All supported children under three are charged twelve 
dollars per month; for those from three to five the charge 
is ten dollars; five and over eight dollars per month and 
clothing. Ernra T. Fike, 

Oakland, Md. -*~ 

PEACE WORK IN THE ALLEGHANIES 
My auto had climbed the eastern slope up a long grade 
winding in and out among the towering peaks and finally I 
reached the summit. The sun was setting over the distant 
range with a burnished splendor of golden rays piercing 
the fleecy clouds which hung over the rim of the earth. 
Looking east, one could see Capon Creek in the narrow 
valley The little stream looked like a silver thread woven 
in the emerald green. Shadows moved across the landscape 
down in the little vale of Teareoat. I stopped to eat my 
packed lunch-which went over for my supper-and medi- 

tat Twenty-nve years ago I had crossed that mountain in a 
stage coach over a rough and rocky road. The forty-four 
miles from Winchester to Romney took all day Today I 
crossed in less than two hours over a fine State pike. Many 
changes have taken place in a quarter of a century. F. hng 
stations, new houses and improved farms are seen along 

"'i arrived at the Teareoat church in good time, and spent 
the extra hour getting ready for the evening service A 
good crowd was on hand at the time of the address The 
Ulustrated lecture was followed with close interest and 
a « „,L. One little boy got excited and talked out loud 
to his companions. This church has a good membershrp 
with a splendid future. 

Sister Rogers insisted that my supper was too cold for a 
hard working man. A warm ten o'clock meaT w.h straw- 
berries and cream was only a part of this fine West V. 
ghiia hospitality. God has some mighty good people m 
this world with big warm hearts. "I was a stranger and 
ye took me in. hungry and ye fed me, thirsty and ye _gave 
me drink." Peaceful slumbers closed another day. There 
was a big frost the next morning. 

The Augusta school gave the speaker a warm reception 
On of the teachers showed much feeling while the addr«, 
was being delivered. A, the close, with tears n her eyes 
she said: "I lost a brother over here. I had been 
scribing some scenes 1 saw at Belleau Wood. 

never come! , , , . • _* t 

A dusty drive down the winding river road and^ ta«I 

arrived at the Old Furnace house. Eld. A. J. wnitacr 

;~is™i =•■:-- •(='»="? 

local workers will keep up peace work here. A short ad 
dress at tlte Dixie school the next -morning closed out the 

arrived at the home of Bro. George Arnold. 

This veteran of the cross has aged some since I saw 
him" eps ago, but he is still active in chore woric 
The illustrated peace lecture was used in Beaver K 
church hefore an a ttcntive audien c. The p op e 

college pranks, talked over th work _ ot 

ScdVpptLVl close of address indicated intere*, 
in peace, good results will .follow. ^ 

Cr °- Rl ' S tsTi^rId We h d f o : r Service from seven 
ot her program to nd red ^ ^ ^ , 

to eight in the Key er Baldwin, famous 

hear the music recital by Dr. 1 ^ ^ ^ 

m usicia,. of Boston H. s crowd^ ^ ^ ^ ^^ 

"sllen^gh,' broughthack sad — J*^ 

-^^weet:^^----- 

University friend. Brft £ Christian lawyer 

Attorney of Mineral County. This £'. 
has no, neglected his cl lurch work . H £* ^ ^ 
school class in the Keyser churchy vv ^.^ ^ 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 14, 1928 



THE TASK BEFORE US 

(Continued From Page 21) 
men they will cleave to righteousness and abhor that which 
is wrong. What the church needs and should demand is 
more preaching of the Gospel of Christ. 

I am in favor of an educated ministry hut not so much 
from a worldly point of view as one that is set for the 
defense of the Gospel. We do not so much need men of 
science and academic recognition as we need men who are 
devout, earnest, prayerful and persistent students of the 
Bible. We need the Word of the Lord proclaimed with 
earnestness, clearness and power. 

However, it is a matter of real thankfulness to God that 
we have among us so many consecrated young men who 
are devoting themselves to the preaching of the Gospel 
of Christ. In reading the "Messenger" I notice the grand 
old soldiers who have been on 'the firing line for so long a 
time are being called away to enter their well earned rest. 
It should rejoice our hearts to see the sun of righteousness 
and truth rising in the lives of others., 

There are young men now, many of them, who bear 
favorable comparison with the host of worthies now in the 
prime of life. How glad we should be that such earnest 
young men are to he found over the Brotherhood, ready 
and anxious to preach the cross of Christ and uphold the 
banner of truth. Many of them have had the advantage of 
a good education and are thus able to contend for the truth in 
those, circles where rank, wealth and learning have arrayed 
themselves against sound doctrine. 

It may be my imagination, but if I understand the inter- 
pretation of the signs of the times, the next quarter of a 
century must witness a mighty struggle between the ex- 
ponents of destructive criticism and those who are deter- 
mined to maintain the simple faith of Christ. We must be 
ready to meet that day. 

Let us encourage our young men who are willing to spend 
and be spent for Christ's sake. The one thing needful and 
the one thing that will save, and happily all humanity, is 
salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ our --Lord. 

Nocona, Texas. W. E. Shelton. 



THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST 

There is no question before the world today of graver 
moment than the second coming of our Lord. There is no 
prophecy from the ' beginning of this world of more im- 
portance and interest than that which relates to his coming. 
The question was etfer present in the hearts and minds of 
his disciples when he was with them and all this was con- 
firmed at the time of his ascent into heaven in the message 
of the angels^ in the following passage : "Ye men of Galilee, 
why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, 
which is taken up into heaven, shall so come in like manner 
as ye have seen him go into heaven" (Acts 1:11). 

That we may have an exhaustive study of this subject 
which will be of special interest to the readers of the "Gos- 
per Messenger" a prize of five dollars is offered to the one 
giving the best essay on the subject in accord with the fol- 
lowing points : 

1. Testimonies and comments on the prophecies of his 
coming. 

2. The purposes of his coming and comments thereon. 

3. The conditions prevalent in the world at the time of 
his coming. 

4. Vital events transpiring at the "time of his coming. 

5. Conditions prevalent in the world during his adminis- 
tration of world affairs. 

6. Events transpiring at the close of his administration. 

7. Conditions prevalent in the world after the close of his 
administration as depicted in chapters 21 and 22 in Revela- 
tion. 

There will he no limit attached to the length and breadth 
of the manuscript containing the essay. I will be glad to 
respond to any inquiry on the part of a prospective essayist 
as to the aforesaid points, on on any feature of the subject. 
April 1 will be the tircu? limit to finish the program. 

Furt Myers, Fla. D. C. Moomaw. 




First church t 



CALIFORNIA 

incil Dec 






Four of La 
appreciates 



to see clei 

tiara. Eight of these were fi 
thus far three have been haptis 
be glad to have some good cc 



Hos- 



us in our work. It would be difficult to find a more hMUhful *"£ 
prosperous location in California. Our love feast will be held Dec, 17. 
—Mrs. W. M. Piatt, Hcmct, Calif., Dec. 12. 

Hcrmosa Beach church met iu council Dec. 13 Bro. J. Z. Gilbcj. 
was reelected elder for another year; ehureh clerk. Bro. J Holhuger. 
correspondent and » Messenger " agent, the writer. Bro. Zimmerman 
will be with us .o conduct a Bible Study Class from Jan. 1 to B. lie 
Clarion Four of Ln Verne College was With «• again on Dee. 15 with 
a good program of music. Our Sunday- school gave a Christmas pro- 
gram on Dec. 23. At that time and on Christmas Day offerings were 
taken for the General Mission Board amounting to nearly $40. Our 
nastor and wife were presented with a little Christmas gift to show 
Hi 1 small measure our appreciation of their labors. The. Sunday- 
school is near 200 now. Our Aid Society has reorganized with Sister 
Carl as president. We also have a missionary meeting each month 
in connection with our Aid mceting.-Mrs. Clinton Bowman, Hermosa 
Beach, Calif., Dec. 27. ' S 

Pasadena church has had a very full program this year. Bro. J. S. 
Zimmerman conducted a Bible Institute which increased in attendance 
as his manner of presenting familiar truths in God's Won J revealed 
a deeper meaning, giving new interest to the study of the Bible Our 
Indies' Aid had pledged to raise $1,000 for a building fund and found 
they bad $1,361 to their credit following a bazaar held in Movcmhcr. 
■Uso a Junior Aid has been organized which has been rendering val- 
uable help to the work. At our Thanksgiving service an offering of 
$418.32 was lifted for world-wide missions. The business meeting for 
the election of church officers was held Nov. 25. Our financial board 
reported the business of the church a real pleasure since adopting 
the budget system. Four were received by letter at this time. lit* 
writer was reelected " Messenger " correspondent. Dec. 11 the Clarion 
Verne College rendered an evening program. The church 
work of these young men as they come to us from 
it On Dec. 13 a Brotherhood meeting was held when 
W I T Hoover of La Verne was the speaker; the Brotherhood of 
the Presbyterian church were the guests. Dec. 21 a fine Christmas 
program was given, followed by White Gift donations, winch the 
Sunday-school departments had prepared for distribution a 
poor of the city. Donations were also given to the Cluldi 
pital. Our pastor, C. C. Kindy. and wife were remembered with „ 
silver offering in gratitude lor their service to the church the past 
year Our young people have brought cheer to many by writing 
letters and singing carols on' Christmas eve.— Mary Taylor Niswaudcr, 
Pasadena, Calif., Dec. 23. 

IDAHO 

Boise Valley church met in council Dec. 3 with Eld. David Belts 
presiding. Four letters of membership were granted to members who 
have moved away. Jacob Belts was elected elder for the coming 
year; Bro. Cecil Jack was appointed trustee. Bro. H. H. Keim ol 
Nampa delivered a much appreciated sermon on Christinas Day 
some special music was rendered by the young people ol oui 
Delia Holsinger, Nampa, Idaho, Dec. 30. 

Nezperce church held a members' meeting Dec. 27. Ojficers for (he 
coming year are: Elder, A. R. Fikc; 'clerk, Sister Ada Billups; trustee,. 
Bro. Chas. Flatt; "Messenger" agent and correspondent, Sister Mattie 
Thomas. Plans were discussed in regard to the coming District 
Meeting of Idaho and Western Montana which convenes in the Ncz- 
pcrcc church June 5. Members planning on attending Annual Meeting 
might visit us at that time. Nezperce is on an 
either over the North and South highway, a day' 
or a day's drive from Spokane by way of Lewisto . 

time from Portland, Ore., over the famous Columbia highway. Sun- 
day-school and Aid Society officers have been elected for the year and 
Christian Workers' officers will be elected at the next meeting. The 
Sunday-school gave a Christmas program.— Mattie Thomas, Nezperce, 
Idaho. Dec. 27. 

ILLINOIS 
Cerro Gordo church met for council Dec. S and at 
budget. Following this we had a get-acquainted m 
Brother and Sister O. H. Austin of McPherson, K: 
in our community three weeks and despite I he incle 
roads and pre-holiday festivities the meetings wi 
Bro. Austin brought us many inspiring messages and Mrs. Austin's 
musical work was a great benefit. Thirteen were added to the King- 
dom. We met for our love feast Dec. 26. Dee. 30 at 7 P. M. our 
regional B. Y. P. D, held its annual banquet at our church. Regard- 
less of the sleet and snow nearly sixty members were present. Bro. 
O. G. Stutsman, our pastor, was toastmaster and Bro. Bennett Stutsman 
of Batavia was chief speaker. During the meeting our B. Y. P. D. 
and Teacher-training Class have been suspendcd.-Editli L.- Eller, 
Cerro Gordo, HI.. Jan. 2. 

Cherry Grove church held a business meeting Dec. 30 with Chas. 
Delp, our elder, presiding. Nine letters were granted. Officers were 
elected, Vinnie Brunner being chosen Christian Workers' president. 
We decided to have a Vacation Bible School next summer and a 
committee was chosen to arrange for same. Bro. Ira Weaver's time 
as pastor expired Oct. 1 and since that time our preaching appoint- 
ments have been filled by the following: I. R. Young, Chas. Delp and 
Merle Hawbccker of our own congregation; Mildred Wilson of Chi- 
cago; Merlin Miller, Roy Brady and A. R. Coffman of Mt. Morris; 
Peter Keltner of Freeport and P. F. Eckerle of Lanark. Dec. IS the 
Volunteer Band of Mt. Morris gave us a splendid program. Christmas 
Day was observed in a very appropriate way. In the forenoon Chas, 
Delp gave us a very inspiring Christmas sermon and in the evening 
the young people rendered a splendid program. The new year was 
ushered in by our pastor. Bro. Wm. A, Deardorff of Oroville, Wash, 
giving his first sermon here. We consider ourselves very fortunaU 
in securing the help of Bro. Deardorff and family. Jan. 2 the corn- 
church for a social time in honi 



and Sunday-school under the leadership, of Bro. E. H. Gilbert and Bro 
Jos. Weddle. An entertainment was given on Christmas evening by 
the children, including a reading and a pageant, lhe First Noel.- 
Mrs Rosa M. Hoke, Huntington. Ind., Dec. 28. 

Flora church m. t i„ .p.cUl council Dec. 21 to elect 5«_nd»y ; ,cloo] 
and church officers. Bro. Chas. Mot 
Miperintendcnt. The church met Dec 
church is planning great things for the coining year.- 
Metzgcr, Flora. Ind., Jan. 2. 

Pine Creek church met jn council Dec. 



chosen Sunday- school" 

regular council. The 

— rs. Elmer C. 



it li Eld, Edw. Stump 
presiding. Two letters were granted and [two Reived Church officer! 
were elected for the coming year: Elder, Bro. Edw. Stump, clerk, 
Bro. Ivan Hartsough; trustee, Sain Grcnert; -'Messenger agent and 
correspondent, the writer. Sunday-school officers were elected at our 
September council so they could begin work Oct. 1; the Minor... ende 
is Bro. Orby Baughman. We decided at this counsil lo elect a 
officers, both church and Sunday-school, at our September council 
so they can take up their work Oct. 1. Sometime ago Pine Creek 
church purchased ISO new song books, the hymna S the Ladies Aid 
paying for 100 and the church for the balance. We li he t he booU 
line We have services every Sunday: Sunday-school at 9:30 A. M., 
preaching at 10:30 A. M. and 7 P. M. The church is saddened by the 
death of three of our members during December: Bro. Jacob Hoover. 
Sister Lidda M.mgus and Bro. Solomon Burkhnlder— M. S. Morris, 
North Liberty Ind., Jan. 2. 

Pipe Creek church met iu council Dec. 17 with Eld. W. C. Stinehaugh 
presiding. Church officers were elected for the coming year. Bro. 
T A Shivcly was 'chosen elder and R. N. Chngeiipeel was reelected 
Sunday-school superintendent. Bro. E. B. Bagwell of North Man- 
chester came Nov. 7 and was with us one week m a revival effort. 
The membership was much encouraged by his helpful sermons and. 
one united with the church. Our Thanksgiving services were well 
attended and an offering was taken for the General Mission Board. 
Sisters Eby and Ross gave us interesting talks on Dec. 4 at both 
morning and evening services. Our Sunday-school gave a P^Bram 
with the White Gift service on Christmas Day. More than ^100 was 
eiven at this time. Our Aid Society is doing splendid work and 
remembered the unfortunate ones. They furnished Thanksgiving 
dinner for the Old Folks and Orphans' Home at Mexico and sent a 
box containing eighty garments and two comforts to the Hastings 
Street Mission— Martha O. Hessong. Peru, Ind., Jan. 1. 

• regular December council officers were elected (or 
During the Christmas vacation several of our young 



Pyrmont— At i 
Ing yeai 



peoph 
inspiring I 



Chri 



. S. G. Lehmer, our assistant 
been granted since our last report. 
; and Bro. N. J. Brubaktr preached for us 
on lhe respective date?, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Our Thanksgiving offer- 
ing amounted to $116.30. A very beautiful and impressive program 
was rendered Christmas morning. All of the Sunday-school classes 
were represented- The custom oi singing Christmas carols outside the 
church door was, observed on Christmas eve.— Lulu -Tcrford Los 
Angeles, Calif., Dee. 30. • 

He-met.— We have jusl closed a splendid revival effort. The meet- 
ings began Nov. 27 by the pastor delivering both messages mi 
Sunday. Monday evening Sister Ada Corrcll ol Abilene Kans 
preached for us. On Tuesday Bro. D. R. McFadden, evangelist, took 
charge. He remained utuil Dec. 11. bringing to us fifteen wonderful 
discourses, good sound Gospel sermons, 'the kind that appeal to sen- 
sible people anywhere. Much personal work was done each day by 
Bro. McFadden and the pastor, also by Sisters Ada Corrcll and Nora 
~-Yodcr who were in charge of the music. The aitendance and interest 
:ry good during the entire two weeks. We were made happy 
express their desire to become Cbris- 
class of young people 



church.- 



gc New 
gave a lecture Monday t 
School which were very 
bers has been called to 
tiling 



Bro. Fred Rephgle 
s morning. Bro. Glen Wagoner will hi ing 
s morning. Bro. I.ongeneckcr of Chicago 
riing and showed pictures of Bethany Bible 
ueh appreciated. Another one of our intra- 
;st: Sister Eliza Flora. She was an active 
11 be greatly missed by the Aid Society 



excellent highway, 
s drive from Boise, 
. little longer 



cepted our annual 
meting in honor of 
ns.--Thcy worked 
nent weather, bad 
re well attended. 



and church.— Mrs. E. J. Houmard, Pyrmont. Ind., Dei 

RossviUe.— Dec. 4 services were conducted by the pastor for the 
thirty-nine recent converts and each was given a baptismal certificate. 
Dec 10 the King's Daughters Class and the Aid Society held a Christ- 
mas sale and market in Lafayette, the proceeds to go for home work. 
Dec 11 the Sunday-school class of the Flora church under the direc- 
tion of Sister Katharine Ikenberry gave a play, Soup, Sand and Sage- 
brush, with an offering for Camp, Mack. Dec. 18 the annual election 
oi Sunday-school and church officers was held. Floyd Gocheuour is 
superintendent. Three trustees were chosen: Amos Yost. Isaac 
Gochcnour and John Skiles. Dec. 25 a miscellaneous Christmas pro- 
gram of recitations and a short sermon by the pastor was followed 
by a treat of candy and oranges to the entire school. Dec. 29 the 
regular church council was held, closing the work for the year and 
planning for the new year. Jan. 29 will be Bethany Day. In the 
pastor's report a net gain was noted in membership of thirty- seven. 
-Lillian A. Hufford, RossviUe, Iud., Dec. 30. 

Upper Fall Creek church met Dec. 24 in council. Officers were 

elected for the coming year. On Sunday evening Bro, J. J. Scrogum 

of Chicago talked to us in behalf of the Mission Board's need of 

money.— Rachel E. Alexander. Middlctown, Ind., Dec. 27. 

IOWA 

Salem.— On Dec. 28 our congregation convened in council with Bro. 
Caskey presiding. It was deemed necessary that we should have our 
elder near us. so Bro. Harry Rogers was elected for the coming year. 
Sister Chas. Wray was reelected clerk; Sister Etta Riley, correspond- 
ing secretary; Cccile Dotson, "Messenger" agent. Our Sunday-school 
is pretty fair in attend; 
good. We are yet witho 
1.— Mrs. Chas. J. Wray, 



: by Mai 



Buckeye church 
siding. He was re 



'Me: 



minister, but hope to ha 1 
scott, Iowa, Dec. 29. 

KANSAS 
net in council Dec. 10 with Eld. C. A. Shank pre- 
lected elder; Mrs. Enoch Derrick, clerk, and the 
" agent and church correspondent. The Christian 
:rc-atso elected. The Mission Board has cooperated 
d they have now secured Bro. Harold Correll as 
ng year. An offering was lifted for Bethany Bible 
Aid held ai food sale the day before Thanksgivit 



s.— Mrs. Elmer Haas, Abilene, Kans. Dec. 20. 
let in council Sept. 3 with Eld. A. J. 



Bro. Weaver and family who 
labor in Indiana, also as a re 
Shidler, Lanark, III.. Jan. 1. 
Franklin Grove church met 
0. D. Buck presiding, 
mittecs. B 
giving Day- 



depart to their new field of 
our new pastor.— Lanah E. 



ness session Dec. 10 

r local church officers 

Buck was elected elder for another year. 

iary committee gave a program. 



hold 



A liberal offering was given for missions. Christmas morn- 
c enjoyed a program by the children with special music by the 
folks and adults. It was decided at our business meeting lo 
Bible Institute during the week of J: 



J. H. Brindle. ■ 
Pine Creek church. A fare 
the church basement on De 
present. Sister Lula Smith 
-Elsie B. Willard, Franklin 
West Branch.— On Dec. 



after which we en 
lor the new year, 
which will mean twe. 
W. H. Cordell was . 

having served in that 
awake Sunday-school 
church has not had ; 



the forenoon. 



g to take ,chargc of the 
ell was tendered him and his family in 
27, with about 125 members and friends 
as elected church correspondent for 1928. 
Srovc, 111., Jan. 2. 

pastor gave us a very impressive and 






Eld. S. S. Plum 



A luncheon ■ 

s meeting. Officers w 

■as retained as elder ; 

y- school supcrintendci 



■ed at l 

vere elected 

id pastor. 



lected Sun 

fficc for tw 

:th large attendance for a rural district. Our 
evangelistic meeting this year but plans to 
nave one next lai..— Mrs. S. C. Branlner, Polo, III., Jan. 2. 

Yellow Creek.— We held our quarterly council in December with Bro. 
August Kuhleman presiding. Bro. U. H. HoefBe was elected elder 
for the coming year. In November the young people of the church 
rendered a program consisting of music and readings at the Cherry 
Grove church. We also went in a group to the revival meetings held 
in the Freeport and Lena churches and gave some special song num- 
bers. Our Sunday-school gave, a splendid program Christmas night. 
NjOV. 19 about fifty 'members and friends of this congregation had a 
surprise shower and reception on our pastor, B 
family; after a social time they were presented 
frills. As our Christmas remembrance we gave tin 
Kuhleman, Pearl City. III., Jan. 1. 



1 Sell, 

ietv of 
Minnie 






INDIANA 



:d and othi 

isecratcd families setth 



late. 



here 



We ■ 



mid 

nd help 



■ Creek church met i: 
rgc. Reports were f 
ming year. Splendid i 



- H. Gilbert 

chosen for 
l the churcb. 



Workers' officers \ 
with the church i 
pastor for the con 

■ School. The Ladie 
which brought good r 

, Maple Grovo chur_- 
Wertcnberger presiding. He was chosen elder for the coming year; 
Bro. Clarence Blickenstaff. superintendent; Kat.e Bishop} clerk; Mary 
M. Bishop, correspondent and " Messenger " agent. Wc decided to 
pay our quota to Bethany Bible School. The Sunday-school gave a 
program at the churcb on Dec. 23—Mary M. Bishop, Oronoque, Kans., 
Dec. 31. 

Morrill church met in business session Dec. IS at which time all 
church and Sunday-school officers for the adult department were 
elected. At the close of the meeting the members gave a reception 
for W H Halderman aud wife in the church parlors. Dec. 23 the 
Sunday-school gave a .Christmas program of music readings and a 
play, Ye Who Sit by the Fire. Our White Gift by the Sunday-school, 
came to S496, Since our last report Sister Sadie Miller of India gave 
us a splendid talk on her work there.— Mrs. Lloyd Meyers, Morrill, 
Kans., Dec. 30. 

MARYLAND 

Broadfo.-dmg.-On Oct. 31 Bro. John F. Graham of Windbcr. Pa., 
•5 of meetings for us. He preached sixteen bpint-nlka 
uu ,.ng which time six were added to the church by baptism. 
Bro Graham's sermons seemed to he enjoyed by all who attended 
the meetings. On Nov. 12 wc held our love feast with Bro. Graham 
officiating. Everyone was impressed with the solemnity of the service. 
Thanksgiving morning Bro. C. M. Hicks preached for u 
idea of being thankful for past and present blessings, 
of the meeting we lifted an offering for foreign missions, u™. 
twenty-three of our young people rendered a program at the Brctht 
church. Chamhcrsburg, Pa. Following this one of our young nr 
Bro. Samuel D. Lindsay, gave the sermon of the evening. On Chri 
mas evening our Sunday-school rendered a program to 
Jan. 1 we reorganized the Sunday-school, after which Brc 
gave us a splendid new year sermon.— Janet M. Niswai 
town, Md.. Jan. 2. 

First church held communion services Nov. 13 with ou. 
A. L, B. Martin, in charge, assisted by the home mini 
107 were present. Thanksgiving Day a goodly number m 
which was much enjoyed. In the absence of our pastoi 
morning. Bro. B. D. Angle gave us a very helpful talk on the High- 
ways of Holiness. The Christmas pageant entitled, The Vision Eternal, 
in charge of the B. Y. P. D., was well rendered to a full house and 
enjoyed bv all. One young lady was baptized previous to the com- 
munion.— Nora E. Gctman, Baltimore, Md., Jan. 2. 
MICHIGAN 

Rodney church has just closed a fine and spiritual revival meeting 
conducted by Bro. J. E. Wells of Ozark, Mich. He preached eighteen 
Gospel messages to a people that were ready to hear, and brought 
conviction to two of our Sunday-school boys who were received by 
baptism Sunday evening. The little band of workers has been greatly 
encouraged to go on. Bro. Wells called on as high as twenty -c 
homes in a day, traveling eight o 



At the 



full hoi 
i. D. R. Petre 
ider, Hagers- 

■ pastor, Bro. 
sters. About 
ct for service 
■ Sunday 



■ ten mile; 



■alking all the way. 






THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 14, 1928 



29 



Si.ter Elma Ran of Bcavcrton. Mich., led the song service. Her 
h u.tr.lcd song, were fine. Sister Ran with her coworker, rendered 
a lervice in long Dec. 25. illustrating the cross oi Christ. Dec. Ji 
the. went to a mission a, Big Rapids to attend the watch meeting and 

SL B S ^^' reco^^'hef J ffS&£S E"- =5^= 

tor lost souls.— W. E. To.nbaugli. Rodney. Mich., Jan. 3. 

Shepherd church met in business ' session Dec. 17 with BllStMlta 
in charge. Sunday-school office., were elected ior nine mo 1, with 
R. V. Hoylc, superintendent. We are *-< I "„ idc,„g 
School and series oi meetings next summer \Ve are also a ns, aering 
having a lull time pastor. Our young people gave a pageant Dec . -s. 
Tta Holy Grail. We are looking lorward to the New Year, trusting 
■hat the work of the church may have firs, place ,„ the heart, and 
lives of our people._Mrs. Harvey Slauffer. Mt. Pleasant, Mich.. Dec. 25. 
MISSOURI 
Peace V.lllcy.-We had a very interesting program Christmas night 
givtag bono, to the birth oi our Christ. Our reguar council met Dee 
! with Eld. D. L. FHre presiding. We reorganued to, _the coming 
year. The ministerial board consists ot three members, llic writer is 
clerk and corresponding secretary; Sunday-school supcrmtciident JM; 
Clyde Ja.boe; he is also Christian Workers' president Aid Society 
president, Sister Maria Zi.kle.-Zella M. hike, Peace Valley. Mo Jan. 2. 
Prairie View church met in council Dec. 3 with Eld. H. L Ho,.°Pple 
presiding. Church and Sunday-school officers were elected. Seven 
Fette a were granted. The young people gave a program Christmas 
nigh An ottering ot $5.50 was lilted tor the Alma mission. Sister 
Hi!: Holsopple has gone to Calitornia.-Mrs. A. J. Vogt. Versailles. 
Mo., Dec. 26. 

NEBRASKA 

i-te it™ T^n rzte -fsi.>rt 

Jendcnt ot the Snnday-scbool. We had our love least Nov. 20. A 
number were with u, from the South Ueatrice church and we had 
a fine meeting. In October we had a supper at the church to main- 
tain the social lite ot the Sunday-school and church people A large 
number were present and enjoyed the .upper and entertainment o 
"he evening Out ot this meeting grew a new Sunday-school class of 
vounrr mother, Dec. 12 V. F. Schwab.., president o. McPherson Col- 
,„ gave us a splendid lecture. We feel that he has come to our 
part' of the country to Help us; his highest interest ,s tor the t church 
and the work oi the Kingdom. Our Christmas program was given 
Dec 23 We put on the playlet, Ourselves and Others, in winch a! 
The Sunday-school took part. An otTenng was taken and the school 
- treated to candv, nuts and apples. The work here ,s moving slowly. 
Th, ? . is a town of many churches but the majority of the people are 
^concerned religiously -Mrs. Calvin H. Bogg,, Beatrice, Nebr., Dee. 
20. 



Fairview-Our two weeks' revival conducted by Bro. Wallet » 
Lande, ot 'l.ima. Ohio, closed Oct. 30. Bro. tandc, preached sixteen 
soul-inspiring sermons. Thtee were added to the church by baptism. 
Two week, later Bro. Lande. preached two more Spirit. r, led sermon, 
ior us At this time one more was saved. Wc feel that our church 
ha, been greatly built up by Bro. Landcs' messages. Wc are hoping 
he will locate with us. The congregation met in council Dec. 3 when 
Vhe annual election was held. Our elder is Bro. J. A. Guthrie; cotre- 
POnSent and "Messenger" agent. Fred Garner. The Aid wh.ck ,. 
doing some very good work, me, on Dec. I and had dm,, , am clc 1 
officer, lor the coming year with Maggie McK.mmy. preside,, Bro 
l.ande, also preached a Christmas sermon for u, on Dec 18. We 
decided ,0 have our Sunday-school office,, hold over unt 1 Marc 1 
1928, without an election. The Fa.rv.ew church ha. been Stead. ly 
graving in numbers and interest lor more than a year Until we le,l 
that we soon will need more room.-Wm. F. Robert,. Swanton, Ohio. 
Dec. 19. 

Fo.torhv-At onr business meeting Dec. 8 church officer, vverc 
elected a. follow,; Mane Dull, clerk; Mary Dukes. "Messenger 
correspondent; Georgia Warner, Christian Workers' president ; Helen 
Hites, president oi Jniuor Christian Workers; Floy ?='».«■ M " 
seuger " agent. Eld. L. H. Dickey is in poor health at this writing. 
Our Sunday-school rendered a nice program on Christmas even.ng.- 
Mrs. J. K. Eikcnberry, Fostona. Ohio, Jan. 2. 

Ft. McKinley church met in quarterly bu.i.ie,, session Dee. 15 (or 
the election ot officers. At this time our pastor. D. R. Murray, who 
has served us so faithfully, announced in. resignation in view ol lie 
l.ict that he has an opportunity to finish his college work. .We shall 
miss his advice and guidance-Mildred Petty, Dayton, Ohio. Jan. J. 
Grconvillo.-Our Thanksgiving sermon was preached by our pastor, 
Bro Coppock. An offering oi 550 «a, taken to, home mission work. 
In the evening we met for communion services. V\ e were giau .u 
have some Iron, other congregations with us. Bro. Erbaugh of Union 
City officiated, assisted by Bro. Ira Blochcr. Our quarterly .business 
meeting was held Dec. 9 with Bro. Sharp presiding. During Bro 
Copped', absence in a series of meetings Brethren J»» *£« *£ 
Calvin Fryman had charge ol the preaching services. Sisters t-uza 
S Bake and Ruih Mallott gave their a.si.tancc a. lite Sunday 
evening services. Our Sunday-school decided to take an ofTermg once 
, „,n,h for Ike Near East Relief, a. we did last y.ar.-M. Anna 
Witwer. Greenville. Ohio, Dec. 23. 



OHIO 

Block Swamp.-We reorganised the Christian Workers' Society Dee 
11 by electing Bro. Alva Garner, president. Dec. 14 we held our regu 
hr ouartc * council with Eld. Geo. Garner presiding. Wc elected 
Sunday-school office,, with Bro. Walter Korf... superintendent Dec 
26 the Sunday-school rendered a Christmas program, on .stmgo 
recitations readings songs and special music, alter which a treat 
was given' An offering of $16.50 was taken for missions. The Sunday- 
seta" i offered a prize for p'erf.c. attendance; three receive, Ike p It... 
and about twenty others had only missed one and two Sundays. Bro 
J L Guthrie was with u, New Years in the interest o the Forward 
Movement and gave two fine sennons.-Mrs. Asen.tk Bake,. Lemoyne, 
Ohio, Jan. 2. 

Chippewo.-The quarterly business meeting ol this congregation „va» 
held Nov 26. Report, were given by the variou. office, of the church 
showing activity in their respective fields. A committee was appointed 
to revise the enrollment of the membership oi the ""S'*'-'"'"; 
T. S. Moherman. onr elder, gave u. a very good talk on unity u 
service and at his suggestion the assembled congregation put itselt 
on record in the form of a ..dedication and consecration service, 
culminating In fervent and earnest prayer by a number oi ! the mem 
hers The B Y. P. D. had previously chosen lor their adviser Bro.- 
A G Freed our pastor. Their choice was granted at tin. session and 
sanctioned by the' church. The young people have been having some 
verv interesting programs and during the past lew months the attend 
ance and intcreJ, have been much increased. One Sunday evening 
the neighboring churches of the community were given a special in- 
vitation to be present and take part in the program The response 
v, f splendid ami encouraging as well The social and sntr ua, life o 
the membership is being well cared for under the lead. "kip^ »"r 

ttttt ,t:o„gh'!:rch„:s. s pe;.:s «,,. ... ,.« «,«.. 

blessings we .eceivc we should be glad for the privilege to give to 
other A liberal offering was lifted. Christmas time came with Us 
cheer and good will The program under the direct,,,,, „, the Muter, 
was a success. Aside Iron, the offering for world-wide m.ss ons our 
pastor and family were remembered ky gift, also a pur.e iiom the 
Y P D— Flora I. Hoff. Wooster, Ohio, Jan. 2. 

East Chippewa el.urck met in council in November with Eld T. S. 
Moherman presiding. »%*«£:£,£%£ ^neVer^'we 
ta« a'Trogr »m"S. "er™ Jester f Bylcr quartet with Bro. By.er 
gave us a musical program; the church was crowded. ™W"« 
family sang in one of the largest Mcnnonitc churches in the torn 
lamny ,"'U> elected at the rcgu ar council. Bro. Wm. 

- munity. Officers were eiecteu a. mc vs ,, c c r-; n „ 

Kohlcr is church trustee; the writer, correspondent-Mrs. S. S. King, 
Orrville, Ohio, Dec. 27. 

Ens. Dayton church met in council Nov. 17 with Eld. D. G Berkcb. te 
presiding Church officers for the coming yea. wee elected wttn 
Mr, Orpha Solleiiberger, church clerk for three years; Glad,, Good. 
Ch,is.ra„ P Workers' president The official board felt the need of help 
^Zf-JZ; werr;n.,S"0„^h SSjtf r„i^ a. 7 
«?J= latn mr r hoZ=nrX. ^^»rd^e-,h- 
gave us a very good message; our pastor. Bro. Wright, was with he 

iViiuS" We., Alcxandiia. Ohio, began a series o meet- 
ings, preaching fourteen inspiring sermons. 1 lie ntten a 
terest were fine and we feel that much good was done. On Monday 
evening a goodly number met at the church for a very impressive 
baptismal ""ice; fomteen were J^Uzed and ,w. re. taj-JJj 
we%uo C \wrpra°y" goiP.-" e%\ a un g Peop,e and adu,,.. Bro. Beery, 
r'ylung m„u.,e y r £. c'onsentcd to meet with the >°™. »~^„ » 

Christian Workers' Society sen. out s.vc.a Ch r, m a ba.ke I, I. t 
worthy poor of our community. On Christmas morning in i / 

department and the j«Wl. ckoro, gavc^very *£\*™<™„ "£ » 
Caltrnm": officiated. Other ministering brethren present were Bro 
Dorsey Hodgdcn. Bro. Wine. Bro. Parker /' lb ' '" °™ i"' ;,.^, 
attSnce ^^l^X^Z B^ltm. Sayton, On,, Dec. k 
. c n . ;„ council Nov 25 with Eld. John Root in 
eh!™: "Visiing eure. were Levi B.okwalte, and Parker Filbrun 
A, fhi", rime "he chuich and Sunday-school officers «'«c«h«g 

Sfr^lrihcr^^a^rk^^^ - 

Smith, ""^^""^'^rpri'cr' we"e Installed by 'bvo". Levi 
tZln? Nov. ri S ro™Rufo's Bncher d g^SiS^S^ 

Landis, Brookville, Ohio, Dee. 22. 



Lower Miaani church met in council Dec. 8 with Bro. Jesse Noffsinger 
oreta'ng B?. Ihren L. A. Bookwaltc, and Clarence Erbaugh member, 
o the Dt'stricl Ministerial Board, assisted with lb. work. An election 
was held which resulted in Bro. Lawrence Garst being chosen to the 
mini.tr y Brethren C. C. Stebbins and Chas Laprad were chosen a 
deacon, and with their wive, were installed into office; Bro. Gar t 
,1,0 was inslallcd. Our church rendered a pageant entitled. The Babe 
oi Bethlehem, on Christmas evcning.-Blanche Furrey, Dayton, Ohio, 
Dec. 30. „ . 

Marion church met in council Dec. 6 with our elder. Bro. Byerly, 
„,3™ Church officers were elected for the new ,e.r. lro. 
Shively conducted a two week,' revival thi, fall, giving u, some real 
,pi.i.u y al food. Six were received into the church by tar,,.™ W.H 
the help of the Aid Society and coope.at.on of the «-« I •" 
church ha, iu,t been redecorated. At thanksgiving ihe intcrmcd ate 
*, ds presented the church with the beautiful picture, the Sistme 
Madomi. Tta interest i, .rowing in on. adult Bible c U» «>!^ 
meet, one half hour each Sunday evening be ore church services 
with Bro. Shively as teachcr.-Mrs. Forest Ballmger, Mar.on. Ohio, 
Dec. 23. . , .- „ 

Pleasant Valley (Ohio) Church held the regular members meeting on 
Dec Tib Eld' Erbaugh in charge. We decided o retain our 
naVtor until April 1. Bro. Erbaugh wa, reelected elder and Bro. Glen 
Stocksdalc superintendent; " Messenger " agent and correspondent. 
Grace Rlo'ade, On Dec. 6 Bro. H. M. Coppoek of Tippecanoe came 
rifcoiidu , onr revival meeting lasting until Dec. "He gave man, 
v,*w,,i i-alks hoth to members and non*meinbcrs an.l made many 
Sffi S£ bet Three were ^JJ^^g^S? * 

!, h cVe r Sed 5,h'"sU."M.;i„ry y Clark, presid.nl.-Orace Rhoad.s, 
Union City, Ind., Dec. 22. 
" Prices Creek church ha. enjoyed many rich blessings during : lite 
last lew months. Brother and Sister Chas. Flory came in Ociobe. to 
assist in Z" revival meeting,. He gave u, very strong sermon, and 

During November wc enjoyed a message by Bro. J A Rob, n on and 
n ,^ hv Tiro N B Wine, pastor of the Eaton ehurcli-hc and uro 
Bioche'r hutving exchanged pulpits. Dec. .0 we me. m ^member. 
mP ,-Hmi with Bro I. G. Blocher presiding- Various amcere were 
SecS to. Ihe coming year with Bro, Blocher. e hie. 1 ^ !• ^ 
Mallot. who rccenriy «*«££ *,^^*,IU bo^^cS 

mi'c:i:ai7e»r; on UeC. Io. I lie CHUtITI.il 5 imt*- fv-*»-sa - 

ma, Day when we will take our . mis.ionary offer.ng.-Verna Lee, 
Eldorado, Ohio. Dec. 22. 

Red River.-Our church ha, pa.,ed through another very helpful 
revival which logon Nov. 27 aod lasted two weeks, conducted by Bro. 
i!j Krcider ol West Milton. Ohio. The sermon, seemed o come 

4' ,X hid ^at^ rnrecriiStc,' welf aSn^S.'eveni,* 
spite oi the L'.ni .\e;uner uie iiic<,iiiib= ■■■- „ -_. 

Two were iddetl to the church through baptism and two were re 

"ou°g people rendered a program -Mrs. Jesse Root. Bradford, Ohm, 

te Creek church me, in council Sep,. 3 will. Eld E B Bogwoll ' 

■j- n—, n M lli-iii i ck'; was chosen as halt tunc pastor ior 

xi c -,^ ill H-iv Invf fe-ist convened. Tins was a \try ntuna ucri 
Sn«L"hf;t weeks of revival meetings which followed conducted 
mng ior trie i Toledo in a very interesting and henchcial 

Lmlr: R Th!'per'ra,°w.S showed much cn.hnsiasm and ^j. tor 
God', work. During .he meetings lour appliea, Is » ' I - ■ » 

the church and one await, the rite. Each evenmg . ' /' ' ' „ 
made an ou.s.ondi.ig feature of ,he program On 1 1. ,1 . 
wc met for praise and worship a. winch tine the pastor , delivered I lie 
address (or our inspira.ion. Dec. 3 we met in council Church ^officer, 
for the coming year were elected w, h Bro. Geo S h ";• 
The membe.s unanimously gave a rising vole ol appreciation lo u.o 
F B Bagwell fo. his cflo.t, during the past yea. m our behalf On 
Dec 11 Bro J. I- Guthrie gave an inspiring sermon in behalf ol 

ctrnm,, D,v At the Walnut Grove school an offering Irom lie 
Cb.is.ma. Day .At ■"■ j amo „,„e,l ,o 523 87. Hie .pcc.al 

'Chnstm " « I wtd-wlde ini.sion, totaled S.B.33- In the morning 

mmMmmsm 

SZ Bible School, Chicago, wa, much appreciate. -" ; - —; 

Irom both churches in the congjegat,on.-Lcla A. Moyer. Alvo.dton, 

Ohio, Dec. 28. ^^ 

a u,„,i_nur love feast was held on Thanksgi v.nc evening Witli 
n^H^^hn^res^te^nday^fan?^: 
;^'\::„k'"Hc^e ,, ;h,ee"rL„,ges wh,^ he,.. Mis W ..r.k.Y |-r.~ 

- gram was "^■'"''^'^T^^^^^'^^^" 
„, one evening m e ■ ' ■ d he j , u , lo U9 . Our Sunday- 

Soo'l'har'keprup we'., dunng ih. 5 fall and win,... The Ready Serv- 



ice Clas, sent basket, of eatables to two famitas at Thanksgiving; 
they also are sending the Snnday-.chool paper, to an isolated brotner, 

brought then, in; the amount wa. 523.11 which ., tor ^the BUck 
Brothers fund. An offering of $11.32 wa, taken for wor Id- '-"1. ™" 
.ions. Our Aid Society held a bazaar and took ,n a good sum-Mrs. 
Ray Pence, Ashland, Ore.. Dec. 30. 
Portland.-On Sunday mo.ning. Nov. IS. Rev. R. E. Close. P'^"' 

great need of true watchmen at the present time. Chnilau, morn mg 
our Sunday-school rendered an appropriate program to an "Mrestea 
audience. All present received greeting ,nd a small g.H, *«"»»» 
was also given in the evening. Arrangement, to, ta"«°»» *= ™L 

o:,c l, w,,;'tagi:"us'":„"z,i^r;rir^;nuA,»:-G,r'W! h iL«wu, 

Po„„„d, O.C.. Dec. 2U. pENNsyLVAN1A 

Altoona [Tw'enlycdghth S...e.).-The fall love teas, wa, held W 
H with Eld D » Maddocks offieiating An offering wa, taken ior 
ionic misrionsand lo.al charily. The Willi |» «*«• 

pnSie program Nov It, ^J-J^"S»X-S1?S =^ 

ob.e"ved',ne 1 , "'r ,y nfVhe ^icatioi, ol onr Snnday-school room. 
m,t Sunday ,„ Novcmbei. Mr,,.', .. ".Ored^a 

ex,S«.rir.hrR^rn,:d "cturct Sh , .hi P^-O- 

pastor, Bro. B. F. Walts, gave a series ol sermons on the Bo«k^l 
Revelation .luring Decvn.lwr A cantata, I rom.se and M*"™* "' 

Ivide missions, emergency l«nd. ■-. "' .."^.Sy'^JcS^ 

home missions. The teachers and workers ol our Sunday 
studying one of the Teacher-training hooks, The Pttptl- 
eve.v Wednesday evening. The young people are giving .1,,- 
The y Un6ni"he'r Task, in several oi .he near by churches-Martha 
Mentzcr, Altoona. Pa., Dec. 29. 

S-W::.';.";. 1 :,':' L"-,::,:. 

new otT.cers.-Pe.irlc Brant, G.-irrett. Pa.. Jan. 2. 

„ . l .„», ,n,lle-,l llr.i W C Swicart to serve another year 

as B n^Tand r V. u .hi on, las, nuL.erl, council Dec 27 and 

leaed church and 5 lay.-. ,„.,.l odie. ,. W. had , program on 

ChvUtm^ evening which included a page.int entitled. I l.. 

?.SUr-n' rTT -' r : 

elected president for six months.-Mrs. IrVin I. Arnoia, 



fa., Liec. 31. 

Carlisle church met in council Dec. 5 With lvl.l 1 1" Irmimer p.e- 

aiding The church elected ■■ • Sunday-school sup er.n ten dent. J E. 

Fiilkner- trustee I. G. Royer; '* U - 

Faulkm-r, uosuc M .,,,, Aid reorganued 

£ ,0, s c w™h n 'snu:r "Ssa!,.;.; ".,::„„.-.. , — -> > 

brought u. some very help!" m. tsages, in t" 

children every night ,hd. I hey eworcd «^ »«J ; T ^ 

conned was held Dec. 8. " , ,„,., ,„,„■„, r „„, .i„er 

=iHlBsr?^3na^^ 

Becker, Manhcini, Pa., Dec. 20. 

Geiger.-I, ha, been a long time since Geiger church eo 

senger Last May >'-" woSaver, who had been engaged .n 

principles and .deals. With efficient '•««»» J^, J„„ ki wM , „ 
grown rapidly until there is >■ i» „„ da y', meeting. These meetings 

.rartTf "ftj «%« ^ce-]reslocS^£ 

^■^^»&rt'i.2 

ne^lu^f^3^3t'i.'cSi,5-V^ 

toys, food, coal and » eh^tn." part , ^.^ ly ur 

families, and a follow-up ol the most nee y ; b ice 

in.S»'~»^« S;iiS: c':,, 

officer has a definite duly In perto™ «•* week, 
varied activities of the oigin.ziio [unction beyond the 

fashioned —•" ""''I,,'™ ° g '„ „ "„ 'he sue 
r, ."remt, fo •'Phirad'dpnia, Ambler and Wilmington 
^"Mr "wollave, as presid en. of -the Voung^Pee, 
! o r;.! .r',ta,e -neri" V wi,o''a.r willtng to cooperate under th.s 
reg^-M. E. Hubbs, Phtlade.ph. P^ Dec tL ^ 

Lenmer.vllle.-At the conned neei.ng J« - choscn 

,„, the church and Sujnlay^schoe Bro J. B. JUta wa jr. ^^ 

,.,,,„; Bro. Qu.ntcr Showa iter re»|c ni^f js cl31 , p „ 

Our serie, ol meeting, was held Irom o., a a t„ndancc 

p.„ched sevemee,, sp^ndid «rn.on, * « _; b>p . , 

were good. Two »««'»»« "V> ^ M ,,„ v „„„g ,„„ add 
Chrisimas service wa. held Dec. . . Sundav-sel. 

a, well a, the children and ■**« ™«»S" ° „ pa-ior and wife kave 

in telling.. be ..or, ol the Ch,,.. eh.d On j.^ 

been ont.nng in tkeir ettoris 1 10 *■ { . h „ ,k._Flonne 

possible and certauily deserve our cooperation 

Snowhcrger Diehl. Duncan.ville, Pa.. Dec. 26. „„,„„„« m . 

Utils-The Sunday-school ^nde^ a < P^a„ ;| m,U S ..ma rf ^ 

„|„g. «-W,^ jSd°ruil 'anu groceries to Ihe »cfc «ed ^ 
2„i'Sr«...a in tta smronn & .„„,» ^ mn, 
i„e,ia, conference »>^ ^«^f S e bter"M,«, Pa., D 

'"mlh C 'cre,k._A series of n.ce.i.ng, ""J-^mnf.ThnS'u'nioo 
Rowland ot Woodbury. Pa., began Nov. u _«^»e „,„ dtd b , 

church and closed Nov. 27. ^These meetin gs^ ,^ o „,. h0 „,. Bro. 

a || denominations and a gr eat ... ere. : was wta „ d 

Rowland's chalk talk. .were »"»">' "'->f a ^ h „-„ s ,. s rr „Jcrcl special 
were helpful also to the older ones. S"^^. been benen.ed by 
music during the mee t.ngs. «£•"»'»?" own church. Thos. -1 
,he meetings. "«°'% *f ™ B„ Rowhuid a. bis sermons were 
other churches came to «"",,„ olh „ c hurehe. .-Ka.har.ne 
strictly scriptural and he d.d not conuenn 
M. Kline. Gettysburg. Pa.. Dee. 26. 

(Continued on Fase J-) 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 14. 1928 



PEACE WORK IN THE ALLEGHANIES 

(Continued From Page 27) 

J. J. Scrogum was present and gave some helpful words of 
encouragement. ««,:*« n->t 

Sunday was a full day. An early start to White Oak 
Flats for the morning address, a hurried dinner at the home 
of Bro. Jesse Arnold, a drive to the Bean Settlement church 
for the afternoon service and a long drive across two ranges 
of the Alleghanies to Knobley made up the work of the 
Sabbath. Three peace addresses and an «* M ^"-™' 
drive filled up the day. Knohley church was filled with 
eager listeners with the exception of one poor young man. 
I was trying to bring a little sunshine in the peace work, 
but moonshine had filled him already and there was no 
place for my message. He talked at the same time I did 
until silence made him ashamed and he left the church. 

Bro C. E. Martin took care of me for the night. He is 
active in church work but is handicapped by poor health. 
Students in the Maysville school gave careful attention to 
black board talk on "Gateway to Goodwill." Services at 
the Brick church were well attended.. Brother and Sister 
William Muntzing know how to make one feel at home. 

A good chicken dinner with the aged Brother and Sister 
Idleman the next day was greatly enjoyed. A talk to the 
Schear school and I stared to cross the highest range of 
the Alleghanies. I had to use my camera at the summit. 
The panoramic view was splendid. Fields dotted the pic- 
ture in falling shadows; mountain towered above mountain 
and their dim outlines were lost in the ethereal blue. A little 
i meditation and then my journey w 



is an unusally dull night there if at least two souls are not 
converted. One night during the writer's stay fourteen 
openly confessed Christ. All present who are saved are 
expected to do their bit in pointing some soul to Christ. 
After a service like this there are plenty of willing personal 
workers. If you ever go to Buffalo, don't fail to look up 
the White Light Mission. You will be just as pleased as I 
was. John H. Myers. 

Chambersburg, Pa. 



verely for six months before 
daughters, her aged parents, brother 
beautiful Christian character. One c, 
went about doing good." 

Funeral services were held at thi 
Driver, the pastor, assisted by E 
Miller, Vienna, Va. 



she died. She leaves a son and two 
others and sisters. Mrs. Miller had a 
One can say of her truthfully: "She 



Oakton church by Eld. C. M. 
1. E. E. Blough.— Mrs. Edith 



Ind 



JOHN B. BAILEY 

John* B. Bailey, son of William H. and Sarah France 
Huntington County, Ind., died at 
Dec. 6, 1927, at the age of 74 y 






EMMET MOORE 

The untimely calling of Emmet Moore from time to 
eternity deserves more than a passing notice. He was born 
May 8, 1858. His father, Eld. Alfred Moore, died Jan. 29, 
1,907, near Four Mile church; 
his mother, Rebecca Druley, 
died April 13, 1913. They 
were the parents of six sons 
and four daughters, all having 
been married before death in- 
vaded the home. There are 
two sons and two daughters 
remaining. 

On the morning of Oct. 9, 
three miles west of Elwood, 
Ind., Emmet and wife and 
Mr. and Mrs. Personett were 
on their way to Frankfort, 
Ind., to visit his brother Al- 
bert and wife who were both 
ill. Mr. Personett's c a r 
skidded in crushed stone and the occupants were thrown 





Death was caused by 

The surviving relatives are ti 

granddaughters, two grandson 



time was spent in meditation ana men my ]»"""j "'as re- 
sumed. I arrived at the Alleghany church in good time 

This is " Cosner Corner." A very good crowd was present skidded ^^ ^ ^^ neck m struck by the 

back of the seat. For five weeks he suffered mtensely but 



tWO ! 

the Brethren church by thi 
Wright. The body was interred in 
Mt. Hope cemetery west of the city.- 
Ind. 



Bailey, born 
Huntington City, 
and 6 days. He 
narriagc to Miss 
Mary C. Wise, May 4, 1874. Tbis 
happy union was graced with four 
children, one dying in infancy. He 
with his wife united with the 
Church 01 the Brethren Sept. 24, 
1905. He entered into the Master's 
service with commendable zeal and 
was faithful and much devoted to 
the church of his choice. Because 
of his interest in the work he was 
called to the deacon's office, and 
also trustee of the church which 
offices he filled to the credit of 
himself and of the church. He 
was a resident of the county of 
his birth his entire life, and of the 
City of Huntington for thirty- 
seven years. For a number of 
years he was one of the leading 
business men of his city. He had 
been in failing health for some 
time but not seriously ill, and had 
been about his usual duties. L^ 
in the evening he became suddenly 
,11, and died a short time later. 
ternal hemorrhage following a heart attack. 
, th» widow, two daughters, one son, two 
listers and one brother. Funeral 
- writer assisted by Eld. John H. 
' the magnificent mausoleum of 
Geo. L. Studebaker, Indianapolis. 



and keen interest shown in peace program. 
The reception at the Bayard High School 



was unusual. 
The principal arranged for me to speak to his students, 
and invited the citizens of the town out, especially the busi- 
ness men. A good crowd greeted me in the Methodist 
church. When I finished my lecture, a merchant— member 
of American Legion who had just returned from France- 
spoke and verified my statements about war. He is sched- 
uled to give two peace lectures to the High School later. 
It is encouraging to the peace workers to find men of his 
type and ability. 

It rained and snowed the last two days of our tour but 
a good crowd was on hand at Maple Springs. This congre- 
gation has a great future. Bro. Emra Fike is a busy man. 
Our stay in his hospitable home was too short, but we 
had to get an early start for our last appointment. Before 
leaving, it was our pleasure to meet with the children at 
the Orphanage home for prayer and a short talk. Another 
peace talk at the Eglon school and we were off for Bruce- 
ton Mills. Sister Jeremiah Thomas got dinner while I 
addressed the High School. We had a small crowd at the 
Salem church on a bad rainy night, but the interest was 
good. 

We arrived at Uniontown and retired in the home of 
Bro. Joseph Whitacker for four hours' rest and then Bro. 
Fike and I were ready for our trip to the Peace Conference 
at North Manchester. 

A little summary of our peace work on this tour shows 
four hundred and forty miles driving in a car, eleven peace 
talks to thirteen hundred and forty students and twelve 
peace lectures in churches to thirteen hundred people. We 
pray that much good will result for the great cause of 
peace. J. M. Henry. 

New Windsor, Md. 



SOUL SERVICE 

The bright smile, the cordial handshake, a sincere inter- 
est and tactful speech—these are the distinguishing fea- 
tures of soul service one finds at that blessed lighthouse 
of grace, the White Light Mission conducted by Mother 
Ross of Buffalo, N. Y. Such missions reap a rich harvest 
of souls and truly have God's blessing. It is impossible to 
estimate the amount of good they accomplish but it is vast. 
I recently spent two weeks in Buffalo and it was my 
pleasure to attend this White Light Mission almost nightly. 
When you enter you are cordially greeted by the door- 
keeper with a gracious smile and hearty handshake. After 
singing a few hymns the Gospel is preached. The mission 
is able to get good speakers, too. Four or five are then 
invited to pray and after that the meeting is thrown open 
to testimony. Every saved person is expected to praise the 
Lord and tell of his own experience in grace. And such 
testimony 1 Regenerated drunks, redeemed ex-convicts, and 
all saved men present get up and tell how God has worked 
a wonderful change in their life. Finally, Mother Ross 
gives her testimony, and those who know that dear, kindly 
old lady will recall with pleasure the words she always 
closes with, " I love my Jesus, I know I do, and I want 
everyone else to love him too," Then it is a pleasure to 
hear the doorkeeper, Bro. Thompson, testify too. He is a 
happy soul and rejoices over the bit he can do for Christ. 
" It's good stuff," says Bro. Thompson. " I like it; I've 
got an appetite for it, and I'm going io keep it up." 

There is a most helpful prayer inscription which hangs 
on the will of this mission: "God help me now." Sects 
or denominations can not be criticised in this mission. It 



with much patience. He called for the anointing which 
was administered. He was conscious all the time and quietly 
fell asleep on Nov. 12, 1927, aged sixty-nine years, six 
months and four days. 

He was baptized by Eld. Jacob Rife at Four Mile church 
Nov. 3, 1878. He leaves his companion, who is a grand- 
daughter of Eld. Abram Moss, four foster children (one a 
babe only seven weeks old when taken into their home) 
and six foster grandchildren. All were members of the 
Church of the Brethren. The funeral was conducted by 
Elders D. E. Bowman, Oscar Werking, Martin Hoover and 
L. L. Teeter. Mary E. Rinehart. 

Hagerstown, Ind. 

- ■ ■» ■ 

DANIEL L. MOHLER 

Daniel L. Mohler was born near Covington, Ohio. At the 
age of eight years he moyed with his parents to Johnson 
County, Mo., in which community he lived the rest of his 
life except for a few years. He died after only a few hours' ill- 
ness on Dec. 11, 1927, at the age of sixty-two years, three 
months and twenty-two days. On Dec. 28, 1892, he married 
Sallie E, Shank and to this union six children were born, 
all of whom with their mother survive. There are also 
three brothers and four sisters. 

In his youth he united with the Church of the Brethren 
in the Mineral Creek congregation where he was ordained 
to the ministry in 1897 and later to the eldership. In this 
capacity he devoted a large share of his life to the spiritual 
upbuilding of his church and community. A great desire 
of his life was to see some of his friends who made no re- 
ligious profession accept the Christ and the church he 
loved. The last effort of his life was a sermon delivered 
only a few hours before his call to a higher service. He 
was much concerned for the religious and educational train- 
ing of youth and spent a number of years in the public 
schools as a teacher. He was a humble and earnest follower 
of Christ and a friend of his fellow-men. The work of his 
life will live on. 

F*uneral services were conducted by the undersigned, 
assisted by Bro. Gnagy of Warrensburg. q A. Lentz. 

Leeton, Mo. , + , 



MATRIMONIAL 



that the fifty ce 
ice may be applii 
icription for the ri 
when the notice is scr 



is required for the publication of a 
to a three months Gospel Mes- 

,vly-marricd couple. Request should 
and full address given. 



d, Calif.- 
Clark-Flower.— By the 

/alter W. CI " 

- of Surrey, 



signed at the par: 
lister Velta Leath; 
, Calif. 



Nov. 24, 1927, 
Piatt, both of Oak- 



1927, 



Baker-Piatt— 1 

V Tlnv Henrv Baker 

M. Piatt, Hemet, 

iigned at his residence, Dec. 24, 
Walter W Clark of East Chicago, Ind.. and Sister Flossie Mae 
- Dak.-Chas. A. Zook, Minot, N. Dak. 
rr * a™„w Rv the undersigned at the home of the bride's 

p3S££d"£h7 Arnold SS in La Place .HI, on Christmas 
Say. Bro. Millard L. Eromert of Pa,,*™, Cahf., and Sister Es- 
tella E. Arnold— N. H. Miller. Lintner, 111. 

Fike-Keltncr.-B» the undersigned at the Little Brown Church near 
N r,h«, loTa. Dee. 21, 1927, B,o. Geo. Fike and Sister Orpha Keltner. 
both of Pearl, III— Roy E. Stern, Fredericksburg, Iowa. 

Hayes-Lilly.-By the undersigned at the home of the bride, Dec 
2-, 1927 Mr Jewell L. Hayes and Sister Verna B. Lrlly, both of 
Haxtun] Colo— S. G. Nickey. Colorado Springs, Colo. 

„ . . v „.„ i... ihr- undersigned at his home Dec. 24, 1927, 

Br„™Lcr„"y^So7r and Est™, KoS,.a, both of South Whitley, Ltd.- 
A. R. Eikenberry, North Manchester, Ind. 

Yoder-Derringer.-By the undersigned at the home of the bride's 
p-irents, Nov. 23, 1927, Mr. Jesse Yoder of New Lebanon, 
Sister Ruth Derringer of Trotwood, Ohio— J. 



and 
Burton, Trotwood, 



Ohio 



FALLEN ASLEEP 



a j» Sicr-r Susan R nee Kline, born near Broadway, Va., died 

Oct '.' .927 a. the home ol he, daughter, Sister Salome Messick 

iJsau , v a sued 71 years 3 months and 2 days. Since the 
near Midland Vaagd 1 >,ars ^ ^ ^ ^^ 

StVand'f "he Urt^o years'was a'partially .helpless invalid 
being confine to her bed the greater part of the time. During the 
last six months she was a great 
affliction and her ever ready smile 
about her. Her cheerful disposition 
inc her useful and busy life. Nov. 



sources of wonder to all 

for her many friends dur- 

1877, 



Ande; 



eta 



child) 
ildren 
Midland cemetery. 



MRS. MAGGIE MILLER 
Sister Miller was the first child of the five daughters and two sons 
who came to brighten the home' of Brother and Sister Joe Bowman. 
She was born in Rockingham County, 
Va„ Nov. 9, 1882, and died Oct. S, 1927, 
at the age of forty-four years, ten months 
and a few days. 

Sister Miller joined the church at the 
age of twelve. A few years later, in 1903, 
she came with her parents to Fairfax 
County, Va., where she was living at the 
lime of her death. She was married to 
Enoch Miller in 1903. Mrs. Miller had 



To this union were born thirteen — 
r to maturity. Surviving are nine children, twenty- eight 

grandchildren and three brothers. Interment 
Lelia Andes, Bealeton, Va. 

Booser Bro. John Foster, son ol John E. and Sarah Fort. 
died Dec. 18, 1927, at the home of his daughter, at whor- 
was staying temporarily 
several slight strok' 



i Ti«ie 




and Sistei 



of the 



i Annville, 
a he filled 
into three organi- 
of the Conewago 



many reverses in life bul 
her troubles cheerfully. Ever 
sickness she did not complaii 
baud died in Florida in 1918, 



alw 



bore 
during her 
. Her hus- 
ifter a long 



Mrs. Miller was left with three small 
children. She then made her home with 
her parents until the spring of 1923 at which time she went to the 
Greene County Industrial School,, where she was matron of the 
dining hall. She was not only the one who had charge of the hall, 
but she became "Mother" Miller to the little orphan boys and girls. 
She sympathized with them in their troubles and bore her own alone. 
Mrs. Miller remained at the school until the fall of 1926. She 
then reestablished her home near the Oakton church and brought 
her children together again, after having been separated for several, 
years. On April 8, 1927, after living there so happily for only a few 
months, Mrs. Milter was severely burned when her clothes caught 
fire while she was working in her brooder house. She suffered se- 



r Booser, 
home he 
„, Middletown, Pa., from the effects of 
istained during the past few years, aged 
70 years. U months and 10 days. He was united in marriage with 
" Clayton, April 1. 1882, his wife preceding him m death 
, This union was blessed with four children, two of 
'and one daughter-having died while in their youth. 
; with their companions, and lour grandchildren sur- 
ser were baptized and united with the 
h 4 1894 and on May 1, the following 
r he was elected to the deacon's office by the Spring Creek 
church the territory then comprising what now constitutes . 
Conewago, Palmyra and Spring Creek churches; 
with credit. When Spring Creek church was divtd. 
zations, his location made him the senior deacc 
church, which he served faithfully; but the last tew years he i 
so active on account of weakened physical condition. Since the 
death of Sister Booser, ho had had his home with one of th^U^ 
ters in Hcrshev placing his membership here; he was a regular 
attendant at prayer meeting and other services of the Lord s house. 
Services at Spring Creek church, where the body was interred Eld- 
H Longenccker, John C. Zug and Oscar Math.as offic.atmg.- 
S. Gipe, Hershey, Pa. 

Elizabeth Hollinger, died at her home in East Ber- 
nplication of diseases, Dec. 24, 1927, aged 64 years 
s She was a consistent member of the Church of the 
Brethren for many years. She leaves her husband, Bro. Andrew Bow- 
ser three sons and two daughters. Four children died » .otag. 
Services in the Brethren church in East Berlin by Eld C. L. Baker 
assisted by Eld. S. S. Miller and Bro. J. M. Danner.-Myrna Kreider, 
East Berlin, Pa. 

Dutrey. Jacob N„ died Dee. 23. 1927. at the home of hi. ''">'"«• 
Geo. Duirey, near Lcwisberry. Pa., aged 65 years and 19 d>7». H« 



J. 



Bowser, Sister 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 14, 1928 



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„.,. a Ufctm. reside! of Voik Cent, Fa. H. l.v.d » ^"^ 

", «.. Lowe, Co,,ev,a 8 „ ™'>7-"'** ;;""'„ 

S'wSS Burial ta ;?« ««»«4 adjoining.-S. S. ShCcr. Dill.- 

b -f' a 'ui- i,,„.i,trr of Jonathan and Sarah Flora, born in 

Flora, El>*a, daugh t« '« J~*™ ][1(1 oi hc:trt £aiUl «, Dec. 

Sr." pr'Ldl t She" "a, 'hap.Ld ,„.o .he Church of the 
B cttircn at the a B c of thirteen and lived an .-Pto Ch, an 
lid Funeral services in the Pyrmont church by the writer n..i>teu 
by Eld D! L. Iiarnh.r.. In.ernrer.t in the Pyrmont c.mcter,.-J. G. 
Stinchaugti, Rossville, Ind. 
Fry. Dro.' Abraham, died Aug. 17. 1927. aged 81 year,. 9 month, and 

USA' >" - "»."""- r S ; £? 

"„,v ved l„ two daughter,, six graudch.ldrcu and one «™«-g™- 

at SSX-^-rir st ?;rx J c':^V ; — - ?t 

Se adjoinmg ccme.ery.-M. E. Ecker, Brunnervdle. Pa. 

U, to . Bro. John K.. died Dee. 21, 1927, aged 61 year,. He ^resid d 
in Lit... for the pa,, .vjeu.y.six years He , . .um« d b , h > . 

cicjl, children and ,uc broth. . "-«,__ S"""^"^ ^ 
church by Bro. J. 1- Baugner. nit 
tery.-Mrs. Louis Huebciwr. Lititz, Pa. 

, tii -.„ nf lohn T and Arminda Lin dower, 

,rt, ™^m.Ste^.°^ « the Natior.1 MdiUry Home 

hopeful that he »°« U E ™f'-^n." ,.or of the Kr.t church a, 
Day^H* "». ba'puf.d a. tteVof twelve year, int. the Church 
rf the Brethren. On June 14, 1922, he marncd Hazel Shaw who .or- 
t vf, wi". • wo ,„„,, J h.,. mother, one brother ■«*£«,££ '^ *£ 
,r-,l services by the writer, assisted by J- K. Likenucrry, in 
First churc", Fo.toria. Interment in Fo.tor.a cemetery-Ralph E. 
Ha.ton. Toledo. Ohio. ard ^ ^^ 

if r d'ea'th t TerfS, d». to £r.l,.is. She married Clifford 

m in 1010 =!.,■ u mtcu with uie k.nuri-i( ui •.»«- ***" 

ftM-M She h^e, her husband £* r«. £ JH 

}as! aS b l",'ermln, in Vhe-Plir eemaery.-M. S. Morris. North 

L Muicr ' Eva Marie infant daughter of Bro. Harry and Sister 
Miller, fcva fliarii, i survived by her parents. 

had failed rapidly. He ,. survived by the two s • , e 

Interment in the Whitehead cemetery .-Iverson C. M.shler, new 

'"I,,, Ja,Z., born July ^^^ ££££.$££ &. 
£*S a'.elT^iS l^er and' many were blessed by 
'hi, ^J^tajjg*-* « „ -S'iLetery 1 ".' A. Recovery. 
Funer'a. a, the Fir .Chris an church b, the pastor ChasR. Stock,- 
L,e .t writer and o.hers.-David Minnich, Umou C.y, M 

Phillip.. Lewis A.. h O«'» » 2 °?'= C 7„°;^/,t-mtved ."Neb,,,": 
if ', 2 ££..' 'a n nd n ' n 915 ^toitiT^ V« >« »*" 

r.'^."f i£lr£ J%fSK£ ss - 

mSul.-Vun^l^v!^ « ;he^m. by .be wrUer ajd Rev. WD 
McMullen. Intcrmcnl at Sabetha. kan,.-S. E. Lan... Maui.ou, re » 

Moatsvitle. W. Va. » . 

„ . ■ . „( Km I W and Sister Susie bhatcr, 

Shafer, Daniel Leroy. son of Bro. U vv. ana o s 
uied ,„ .he hospital at Durand M.ch ^S^rJS'lLMS 
^ieisYrl'Jhe homfto'Eld. Jos, F. Sherrick. Burial in the Love- 
iuy cemetery.-L. H. Prowant, Durand, M.ch. 

ShaKer. Sister Almira. daughter o, S'even and EUe.be.h Pohng 
born si,«,-four year, ago ucar Va 1 ey F» -., VV. V .. d«d at^ 
borne near the same place Oct 21, 1927, alter an u. ,r 

"SE ^."shJ-rliS'Tn^h ^^^^le 20 ™!^. 3? P-eded 
her Aug.^ te Xed 'tiTS. when , he was »»*>-. 
old. She wa, interested in .he work of .be church and wa, alwa, 
liberal in helping the church in a financial way; she .1.0 »"»°od 
church when health permitted. She leaves her companion 
sisters. Funeral service, a. the Sl.iloh churcb , h» • Ekta g»dH« 
stead and A. C. Auvil. Interment in the cemetery near «i 
R. Spurgcon, Moatsville, W. Va. 

Shaver, Melviu, bom in Rockingham Count,, Va., died at hi. home 
in Beavcrdam. Ohio, Dec. 17. 1927. aged 42 year, and 6 day. He 
spent about half of hi. life in Allen County Ohio. He acccp ed Chri, 
a, hi, Savior and united with the Church oi the Brethren wlicr ^ about 
twenty year, of age and had ever since lived a eons.sten. i,e. 
Thanksgiving Day he .pent in church service, morning and evening. 
Hi. illness followed and was of ,hort duration. He bore, h *>"««■ 
lug pa.ien.ly; he called for the anointing. He leaves two brothers and 
on. sister with whom be had reside* for the pn.t .» yea,.. Service, 
at the home by N. I. Cool, assisted by the writer. Burial near h,s 
former home in Virginia.— David Bycrly, Lima, Ohio. 

Waiver, Lydia. ne. Ziegl.r, died in Myerstown. Dec. 22. 1927, of a 
p»Va~ti= stroke, aged 77 year,. 11 month, and 24 day, Her l.u.band 
preceded her a number oi years ago. There survive our uaugn 
and two sons Services at the Tulpehocken house by Elder. Ira 
Gibblc and Michael Kurtz. Burial in the adjoining cemet.ry.-Alic. 
B. Roycr, Myerstown, Pa. 

Weidler. Sister Emma Witters, wife of Bro. Allen Weidler died 
Aug. 22. 1927, aged 52 years, 10 month, and IS days. She was in ia i g 
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vived by her husband, one son, one granddaughter, a so a broth., 
and sis.er Services at the Middle Creek house by Elders Thos. E. 
Ecker and Harvey Markley. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. 
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■M-Uhn /""fV^-Rc;.", SSSriJEl' ChSt'Ls' was 
Carrie Miller and Bro. Paul KOve , P „„,„„,,.,„ offerings. The 
a special day lot the church We MO inre missio „,; at church 

S„„ P d, y -.cboc,l lilted »•»"»« '° , h r' Bible School, and in the 
services we bad an ohcnng i th|[ mor „„, was on the 

evening lor home work The d.scou r ,,„,,, by ,„ pastor, 

birth ol Christ which wu °""°'™ b *„ t you „g people in a ml 
I„ the evening .W»" »■» *'™ »,,«, „ f m «„„ gs in February 
impressive way. VVc »•••"', ft :, ,. ,„ i„|„„nat.on address 
XL, undersigned""! °H. E&£™ W. Keller St.. Mechan.csburg, 

" New "EnterpH. church has rece.ily 5-JJ-fcflftSSS 
isiic campaign which was "^"''^^"New Enterprise church and 
On Nov. 13 he began preaching in iM ^"^ ^ , ranj |„ r ed to 
continued lor three weeks ana strong messages 

Salcmville where it »°«™ d „yVa exceptionally good at the latter 
were given and the attendance was ■ , ua ,„ have 

place. During the meetings . *• En ■«»£-;„, >nd E „„„, all 
with us delegations Irom Roanng Spr ng. ""» , , als0 ,„ t . 

„, which lavored us «■<>■ ■»"»' "»,"• .^decision to lollow Christ 
nished many selections. Here ■»= ™" ^ „„, „„„ baptired 

and ., SaleovDle there were hanrteen t g ^ hsib.d and 

„d one is to be reclaimed MM" ; ia , « mC o 

wife and three children. °°„J. ha "* S ^™ io „ work in the home held, 
was held and an offering lilted lor ml > ! '™ J W aterside, Salemville 
Interesting Christmas l'"'"f" ."!",? tlle .dulls rendered a pro- 
and New Enterprise. At the at er ptace cton , sc ,, a reading 

gram on Christmas mornnig which «»| ,s . „, $ „ w „ iji.rf lor 
and « address b, Bro .<*«««. *"„?£ „/.hildr«n rendered their 
the General Mission Board. In tne cvs . k fQr Qur 

program a, the close ol whicb an »«.r,n« «' ^»J „;,„„ by «« 
SeJ'torS InS-SrC-Veplogle. New Enterprise. Pa.. Dee. ,7. 

presiding. Brethren Samuel Meruicr a „.,„„.,,. It was 

Erdeo'to-aveTtcaS B^lchoof this — In the near 
future the Elirabeth.own Volunteer Band „ ,1 be -«_•■ ^.^ 
our young people gave the contest "»'« . J „ndcr«d by the 
On Dec 2S in the evening a Ch ris.mas p ogra lime ._ S ,r»h G. 

children; some special music also was given 

junior departments gave a u. p „„, participated in 

sr; v ag d e.°».i s ss 7£" TT k< .-j..-^ <■ jVnfrr.- 

sions, 543.75; Africa, ^.iu, ■ """ Tnrui-ibks S5; Sunshine Day 

School. $26; Phi lad* phu Home lor J--^ ^ ,- am , ic5> $W; 

H B. Schncil, Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 30. 

Oct. 30 we enjoyed a very spiritual love lea , conducted by * 
minister.. At the council prior to the least a ■""»?" Thanksgiving 
i,.n,D n( business were transacted. This year our union e 

--F^lEH^B^t^ocI'aS 

survey o( our city- *Jur pastor was mc u mrm Kers assisted n 

S^eVit.'-AnvSe'riul^c-date'r^ve'b^i.^fS^d 

Siring our coming evangelistic campaign, which opens Jan. 3 to he 

»i»°»"-^ i 7 x ,^s\s,r„.ua^N,T,;d: i ;u"in > ,hr";ri„'r«o 
^oUi^^s^fff^^ 

ims ib '"^ T , ln i or B Y P D.. under the leadership ol Mrs. 

h" Blough' sing el" 1, 'on' Christmas' eve and carried filled bask,,, 
fo two needy 'home's. The Senior B. Y. P. D.. with Sister Blough and 
G C Berkley as adult advisers, has grown Irom a memuersh.p ol lour 
P„ May, when tbey cg.ni.cd. to lorty-two with an average attendance 
of thirty-one. They meet on Wednesday evening,^ A. .recent 
chicken and waffle supper they cleared over $60. They W" '" c " 
money to various good causes. During the past quarter our average 
Sunday-school attendance was 333. Eighty-five have a perfect attend- 
f™ tor "toy At. On Christmas morning the children recetved he.r 
treats and also pleased a large audience with a splendid Christmas 

r'u£.io„°s" T'^lttzu: zr-^i ^ £££ 

w-tol^ed^Vs^^ddre^yTro^Srr^ro,^ 
Morris on Gilts-Jerome E. Blough, Johnstown,, Pa., Dec. 26. 

Schuylklll.-Nov. 27 Bro. Fleming ol Lewistown gave us a stirring 
message; be said not all the Pharisees and scribes are dead. Our 
council met Dec. 17 with Eld. I. W. Taylor and J. H. ^"H""*" 
„ moderator. Sunday-school and Aid Society officers were elected tor 
the new year. It was decided to start a cemetery fund The meetings 
ol the Aid Society are held in the home, this winter. The resignation 
ol Eld. D. C. Kut, wa, accepted. Eld. Nathan Martin was elected lor 
the unedited term. Dee. 17 and 18 Eld. I. W. Taylor ,nd J. H. 
Longenecker gave us three uplilting and spiritual messages. We had 
oar, Christmas program Dec. 25. Bro. B. W. S. Eber.ole ol Hcr.hcy 
gave an addre.s on The Christ Who Was Born in a Manger.-Carne 
Dohner. Pine Grove. Pa.. Jan. 1. 

Wnlnut Grerve.-Dec. 4 our adult Christian Workers organized Bro 
W^ter Berkebile being chosen president. Our men's meeting Dec. 
resulted in Bro. W. L. Brougbcr being elected chairman. Dec. IS our 
,o™, folk, and those of Pleasant Hill, near by, united ,» a helpltil 
program. To make our prayer meetings more inspiring, certain Bible 
School cla..e. direct the exercises on stated evenings. An interesting 



night 
to a large au 
, Snow Creek parsonage.-Mrs. 



intendent; Mrs. G. A. 
Barohart. junior church 
writer, corre- 



w.s rendered on Christinas 
under the direction ol Bro. 

Chester Str^V^ • -*!% e %S« ££™"^"^ 
sacred cantata, The Heavenly _b J • «| ^.^ ,„„,, 0u 

'ZJTgm™ XOM "oiks' Home. Scalp Level., w- 
lion oi *di.ow 'vt <;mo ,1,. sc nior women 

b7 ' ^''Tpar't was "scTwi.l, mission banks. 

°? 'ooTaised fc.999.67 to, local and ge nera I work ^^ 

793. For 1929. filtieth "■»««"«» ° , ,, °° in December. 1926. was 
ion, we expect 1,000. The average alt ndane m ^ ^ om 

365; in Decembe,. 1927. SOS. °, '."^ p, lee attendance, to *« P"« 
thirty-iour classes. W .ehol.rs h»d a_perl «„c„ty-eight by 

year 106 soul, were won lor he King ^.^ 

baptism, and those received by «» ■ w „ c .mpressively 

tion. Yesterday morning our 1 928 c»»rLJ A |,„„„d he gave us 

in.ialled by ou, pasto. Eld. G . K '"''„„„„, . go-to-cl.utch c.tn- 
a sermon on Building the Church, litis ' ra °"' „ in i,,„iumi Each 

na gn i, being conducted, headed by the John to » School 

S one ol the ci.V daihe, w. l^por^ .1 le^.totid.^ chutc „„._ Ft a„k 
and morning and evening ^ 

B. Myers, Johnstown, ra., J ^ ]S ouf 

Waymesbom-A. our nuarterlj i.^/^.S elder lor the coo.i... 

feS tt= SiS-A t r lurure. »«* J^l £ 
cooperate .ally in the «»■»? ■>'«' „",!', °c o„ "chri.to... morning 

dealt out the blessed Word. As . r ^^ „, q u , 

fes.ed Christ, six ol whom «'• bap ^ ptealdi „ s ._Mrs. Clayton 

chu,ch met in council with l.ia. a. c. 
Breneman. Florin, Fa., Jan. 3. 

VIRGINIA 

r n lavman preached a sermon 
AntinC-Christmas D.y Bro^F. ^ Layman^ ^ ^^ 

and junior League gave a combined prograi 
Our Sunday-school sent S30 

B,ubake,. Callaway, Vo.. Jao. !• , N zlglcr 

Belmont cliutch convened ,n »>.uc^Dec. 30 ^^ ^ ^ „,„ 
presiding. The church officers lor 19* waj cl ,„sen as 

r,rvo u. again .. elder Bro At d ,. T he Sunday- 

"Messenger" agent and he >«■«'« Drook! ,„ pe ri„tende„t ol 

! Br h o°ot So^"^ Mason, superintendent „, Be.mon,.- 
Mattie E. Zigl.r. Holl.day. V., ,£■ * " ntart a „ mod . 

Brick church met in council Dec M w, J ^^^ we mad= , 
crator. Since the organisation oi »»» b „ , hu , wc granted 
line giving over a part ol our terriio y ap p „i„tcd to secure 

"ttirs to nineteen members. A »- « »« J . , A committee 
an evangelist to -« ■ - "^gj ,„ „„ addition ol Sunday- 
was also ^'"^^"ft , he com'ing year are: J « 
tt Per,', Se'Tk'-nd Sunday-school >if p 

T r^ng^P™-ofrf mary --^^.^"p! 
^acrip.irmucl.'.'ood'Soug^ ,„e 2 efforts of these organiaat.ons.- 

E ct i ^o:^ r | .r^ureh ,« jys-a^ 1 * 

Son". ^£=slfe-^S 
was unanimously reelected elder. Sister I... ^^ ^ S]jtgrs 

the writer, church correspondent. It w ,. Su „day-school 

Aid Society have the agency tor the s „ pe ri„ t c„dent. The 

officers were elected with Bro. t- n. sijter j T . 

Sisters' Aid held their December meet, „g ^ ^ 

Smith; the work lor the da, "J.^^ „„„ Scho „, 
A collection was i.ikc» 

Thomas. C..ris.iansbur E , V... J«ul ^ ^ BrQ R Q ^ 

Harrisonburg church met in cuo g ThomaSi resign 

presiding. We regretted to have. » d « ^ld^ r. ^ ^ eh<js „ ld 
Irom office on account ol .11 health- Bio. ^ ^^^ wij appointed 

and other officers for the year sscrc ■ "Messenger 

The church asked the Aid Society to take c ^^ ^.^ 

agency and correspondency Our m ^ ^ ^ oycd I 

varied and .'""'^'"'"i daughters also gave a program , 
by a large audience. The - fc "'"' in ! „ m0 r„i„g the children ol 
which proved to be a success. °^ r program during a part ol the 
the primary department B.ve . .hort p g The „, 

Sunday-school hour. Christmas "«J » h , a S5 i„cd by the choir 
the Messiah, was given by the S« n0 « „„,_..„ i s as follows: Near 

superintendent.— Mrs. j. "■ • Tht> nit- divine Day 

Vrdley Beth,l-A lew o. u, met .. tte ch „A » Th anl tsgiv.ng^ , 
to honor God. the Giver ol all bto""W , nd District Mission Boards 
$11 .Si which we divided with .h« Oencr. and D""™^ „ E , d . 

'A.' A° m Md";Tcl!di„°g U ' B^hreii , V.. »J "jj" .f^p"" 
elected superintendents o the Sun d,,-.eja ^ V| Dec . „. 
Ginger preached lor us.— airs. cuaa. "■ 

WASHINGTON 

.. ;„ council and officers tor the coming 
ML Hope congregation met in counc.l and ^ ^ 

year were elected lor church and Sunday *»~ Sunday-school 

one ha. been added to our number by MpMrn, " » ci>Mj by a 
, rendered a program Christmas eventng vvh.c^ «., a PP Thc 

well filled house. An offering ol (9.31 wa ' " k€ ° ^ , aith f„l 

ML Hope Sunday-school tried to show appree ation ^^ 

soperintondent lor eryear^o, service by we™"".^ „„ f 

and a Bible on Christmas uay.. attendance has not fallen off 

road, which are steep and .... row , our a ^ i( ,,, 

SSJK. aboutTtoot'ol Zv.'t'd sleighing h good-Mrs. Let... 
Cherrington. Chewelah, Wash., Dec. 2S. 

' Inn' two-re reclaiLd. Our Sunday-sc^- - ^^ gg. 
j S „u. 8 to m b,ing oTofetoS to' the church »*«£»-- SSJ 

Onr young people still have charge ol the » ^ u „« 5 ful. The 

busy and have work ahead tor some nmc. 

Wash., Dec. 14. _ 

Tnnaskot-Our two weeks' revival meetings closed Dec. IB. «n 
JSf* rcold weather the -——J™ £,£,*-£ 

James Wagoner. Tonasket, Wash,, Dec. 26. 



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In This Number 



Editorial— 

The Message of Our Church (H. A. 



tb< 



The 
Forward Movement 



Jesus, 

Churches 

he World 

t Hour (R. H. M-), 



Km 



hy Fruit! 
ion of Mis 



Loyalty to Our Common Taj 
General Forum — 

Life Is So Short (Poem). . 

Missions After Apostolic Day 

Flashlight! 

Home Mi; 

John' 



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■ Foreign or Both. By 

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A Startling Report. By J. M. Henry, . 

What About Nicaragua? - 

Thoughts on Tolerance. By Sam'l H. H 



■ W. Cordicr, 34 

S. Flory, 34 

I. S. Mohler 35 



Pastor and People— 

" The Challenge of the 
: Spiritual Conflict f 



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n God and the World 



Blough 

By S. S. 



W. Hai 



Home and Family— 

Great-Grandfather's New Testai 
Deeds of Kindness. By D. E. 
At the Beautiful Gate of the T 
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The Message of Our Church 

A General Statement 

What is the message of the Church of the Breth- 
ren? What has been the heart of her evangel through 
more than two centuries of activity? Of course, one 
would hardly expect to find the church's message 
marked on banners in just so many concise sentences; 
and yet, the message is clear. If actions speak louder 
than words, then he who runs may hear and under- 
stand. 

The Church of the Brethren is the outgrowth of a 
quiet, conscientious quest for truth. The little com- 
pany of eight who founded the church were all Bible 



students. They searched the Book, and particularly 
the New Testament, for the will of God as revealed for 
man. Some things that they discovered, which they 
felt to be commands, they did not find in the practice 
of existing churches. Hence, as seekers determined 
to find and do the whole will of God, they were plainly 
in a dilemma. On the one side were the churches they 
knew and on the other certain New Testament teach- 
ings. After much study and prayer they decided to 
form a group of their own for the express purpose of 
trying to realize in their own lives every detail of the 
New Testament way of life as exemplified by the Mas- 
ter and the apostles. 

The message of the Church of the Brethren, as the 
founders conceived it, was the Gospel according to the 
New Testament. Their final appeal in the case of 
every church practice or problem of conduct was the 
Scriptures. And so characteristic has this attitude been 
through all the history of the Church of the Brethren, 
that wdien in the latter part of the second century of 
the church's history there was much agitation for a 
change of name, a Committee reporting in 1904 sug- 
gested as a name: New Testament Church. The same 
emphasis is indicated when in the early days of the 
Forward Movement the General Mission Board used 
as its slogan : The whole Gospel for the whole world. 
Thus a certain eagerness to know and do the whole 
will of God as revealed through the Christ of the New 
Testament is the precious, vitalizing characteristic be- 
queathed to those who are members of the Church of 
the Brethren today. And in a day when men are seek- 
ing anew for reality in religion, and finding it in the 
Christ of the New Testament, one ought to come to a 
new appreciation of the emphasis which the Church of 
the Brethren has always put on New Testament re- 
ligion as the ideal way of life. 



Method of Realization 

Now while there lias been agreement as to the essen- 
tial message of the Church of the Brethren, there has 
been some shifting with respect to the method of reali- 
zation. That this is true will require but a brief appeal 
to history. Whenever there was a difference of opin- 
ion as to interpretation, and especially where there was 
no specific scripture bearing upon a detail of conduct, 
it became the custom to appeal to Annual Meeting for 
a decision. Thus as time went by the power of the 
Yearly Meeting became enhanced until it was common- 
ly accepted as supreme. And with the typical Ameri- 
can faith in laws as the solution of every difficult situa- 
tion, and with an efficient machine set up for the pro- 
duction of rules, the Church of the Brethren soon 
accumulated a system of decisions known as the Min- 
utes of Annual Meeting. In this way the practical in- 
terpretation of the New Testament way of life came 
to. have a legalistic emphasis with great stress upon 
the negative aspects of conduct. 

In time this system of prohibition became top-heavy. 
And while new decisions were added from year to 
year many old rulings became obsolete. At last there 
was agitation for revision. In 1898 Conference ap- 
pointed a Committee on revision. The Committee was 
instructed to leave out " all obsolete decisions, and all 
repetitions of like and similar import, and all reports 
of committees in which no doctrinal principle is in- 
volved. All minutes of a doctrinal character shall be 
retained." It was estimated that this revision would 
reduce the volume of Annual Meeting Minutes by one- 
half. Comparing Revised Minutes of die Annual 
Meetings as published in 1899 with the corresponding 
years in Minutes of Annual Meetings of the Church 
of the Brethren, Containing All Available Minutes, 
etc., it would seem that more than two-thirds of the 
accumulated minutes were deleted. If allowance is 
made for the difference in type used, perhaps three- 
fourths of the accumulation was marked off as obso- 
lete, repetitious or reports. A second revision was 
called for in 1917 and completed by 1922, but does not 
seem to have greatly affected the volume of Minutes. 

These revisions of the Minutes of Annual Meeting 
suggest the influence of a new point of view with re- 
spect to our interpretation of New Testament Christi- 
anity. Just when the negative, legalistic emphasis gave 
way to stress upon positive, challenging activities it 
would be hard to say, for the change was not sudden 
but the result of a process. In the very midst of the 
legalistic period the new method was beginning to make 
itself felt. As early as 1850 one can see the rise of an 
interest in something to do. But it was not until long 
after this date that the emphasis upon the positive side 
predominated. 

Two important bicentennial Conferences were cer- 
tainly influences working in the direction of a shift in 
method. In 1908 and again in 1919 the church -as a 
whole was called upon to weigh her achievements in 
the light of history. But the spirit was working at 
other Conferences. At Sedalia, Mo., for example, the 
Sunday morning speaker is reported to have said in 
substance : " In church government we are stressing 
the positive and constructive more, and the negative 
and repressive less. Life can not be developed by re- 
pression and negation. It can only be done by a posi- 
tive program. Doctrine must always be a big work for 
us, but two others are coming into greater recognition. 
These are service and sacrifice." Thus through the 
years there has been an increasing emphasis placed on 
the positive side of the New Testament way of life. 
And this, it seems, is nearer the spirit of the founders, 
for they were not so intent upon prohibition as upon 
what they might do in order to realize in everyday life 
the utmost detail of the Christian ideal. 



Our Message for This Generation 

Although the emphasis upon the method of realiza- 
tion has varied somewhat, the essential purpose of the 
Church of the Brethren has remained the same through 
the years. And this is that today, as always, men might 
realize in the everyday of life the full sweep of the 
ideals exemplified in the life of the Hero of the New 
Testament. This is the special message of the Church 
of the Brethren for this generation, and confessedly 
the great need of the world today. But who will 
formulate a popular statement of the New Testament 
way of life for the confused yet eager men of our 
times ? 

It is true that the ideals which we have set up have 
tended to make the Church of the Brethren a church 
of protest, perhaps even a minority church, but the 
future promises much. And for this reason we should 
seek to present our ideals in terms of the felt needs of 
this generation. And progress has been made in this 
direction. For example, a concise and challenging 
statement of the message of the Church of the Breth- 
ren was presented at the 1925 Winona Conference. 
At the Sunday morning preaching hour the speaker 
said that the special message of the church might be 
summed up under five heads. The men of this age are 
the victims of three outstanding vices— war, intemper- 
ance and luxury. For war the Church of the Brethren 
offers the way of peace ; for intemperance a life of self- 
control ; for luxury the gospel of the simple life. 
Further, the men of this age are becoming increasingly 
conscious of two universal needs. First, there is the 
problem of human relations. Somediing must be done 
to make it possible for men to live together on friendly 
terms in a crowded world. Second, the moral and 
spiritual hunger of the race has certainly not grown 
less acute with the increase of knowledge. The quest 
for the vital in religion was never more earnest than it 
is today. Now with respect to these two basic needs 
the Church of the Brethren answers: In the field of 
human relations seek the Christian ideal of brother- 
hood; in the realm of moral and spiritual aspiration 
seek to realize a vitalizing fellowship with God. 
This statement may not comprehend the whole of the 
New Testament way of life, but it does present the 
remedies for outstanding vices and the answers for 
two felt needs which trouble the men of this genera- 
tion, h. A. b. 



Trusting Jesus 

You remember that fine old hymn in which the 
singer dares not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly 
leans on Jesus' name. It has brought comfort to many 
a weary pilgrim, conscious of his own utter unworthi- 
]K ,, a,,*d the insufficiency of all other human resources. 
And long it will continue to bring this comfort. 

And the measure of that comfort will be deepened 
in proportion as men keep in mind the contrast which 
the author had in his mind. That is a contrast between 
human and divine strength. It is not a contrast be- 
tween trusting in God and trusting in Jesus. It is a 
contrast between trusting in the God who was manifest 
in Jesus and trusting in the very best, " the sweetest.' 
of earthly friends. Leaning on Jesus' name is not 
leaning on Jesus instead of leaning on God. It is lean- 
ing on God by way of Jesus. Leaning on Jesus' name is 
leaning on Jesus and leaning on Jesus is leaning on his 
Father who was abiding in Jesus doing his works. 

Jesus was not the least bit jealous of his Father. 
He was never afraid that his Father would get some of 
the glory that ought to come to him. He was most 
honoured and most pleased when the people who came 
to him went right on, not past him, not around him. 
but through him, to the Father. To bring men to God 
was his whole business. It is yet. 



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GENERAL FORUM 

Life Is So Short 

Let's smile and be kind-life is so short 

And most of the way so rough. 
The times are trying, the road upgrade, 

And always trouble enough. 
Yesterday's hurts we'll try to forego- 

And tomorrow's cares can wait. 
Today with diligence let us keep 

Our hearts from the stain of hate. 
Life is too short for spite and revenge, 

And paying back wrong for wrong- 
Try patience and love and forgiveness, 

Meet slights with a smile and a song; 
The sad world with all its repining, 

Its bitterness, care and tears, 
Needs the wealth of your loving kindness 

To sweeten the sin-soiled years. 

Yes, life is too short to be hateful 

Of scorning any you meet ; 
Then try to be patient and gentle, 

And always smile and be sweet ; 
For the sunshine of love is needed 

To warm the world with its light, 
And to shed abroad its effulgence 

To bless humanity's night. 

—Margaret Scott Hall. 



Missions After Apostolic Days 

BY ANDREW W. CORDIER 

The Church of the Brethren, coheir of the mis- 
sionary zeal of centuries, with a large number of other 
denominations, should rightly pause to study the long 
range of heroic missionary endeavor that stretches 
from the courageous journeys of Paul to the careers 
of our own conscientious missionaries in Africa, China, 
and India. No adequate survey of two thousand years 
of far-flung and continuous missionary attempts can 
be included within the narrow limits of this article, 
but it is hoped that many will be led to explore further 
the rich mine of our spiritual heritage. Perhaps noth- 
ing would contribute more toward a much needed 
spiritual stability and depth in our own church than 
an historical study of the problems and difficulties ot 
missions, and of the spirits and minds of the mission- 
aries themselves. 

Rise and Decline— lo the Fifth Century 

The Christians of the first three centuries lived under 
the holy influence of Jesus whose living example was 
still fresh in their minds ; the quickening influence of 
Paul, whose masterful energy of soul and mind car- 
ried the seeds of Christianity to the chief centers of the 
Roman world, and the purging effect of governmental 
persecutions, that served as a constant threat to their 
freedom of person and religion. These close followers 
of the teachings of Jesus, victims as they were of the 
persecutions of the time, followed the trade routes to 
the main towns of all the countries fringing the Medi- 
terranean Sea. Here they lived, and the beauty and 
purity of their own lives, plus the missionary responsi- 
bilities that they shouldered as individuals, caused the 
church to grow in numbers and prestige. 

Time proved, however, that the persecutions were a 
blessing in disguise, for the Emperor Constantine, see- 
ing the uselessness of continued persecution, and recog- 
nizing the rapidly growing influence of the Christians, 
decided in 313 to make Christianity a legal religion, 
free from further persecution. In 392, Emperor Theo- 
dosius took the final step by declaring Christianity a 
state religion with dignity, power, and privileges su- 
perior to that of other religions. An unworthy rush 
for church membership began; some desired glory, 
others social elevation, many angled for church or 
political office, not the least in number for financial 
gain. "The line between the church and the world 
narrowed to the vanishing point." The demoralized 
church had lost its spirit, but a few conscientious souls 
saw her plight and turned with masterful energy to 
the task of making Christians Christian. St. Augus- 
tine, the great churchman of the fifth century, exercised 
a mighty influence through tongue, pen, and living ex- 
ample over the wdole of the Mediterranean world 



during his own day. Hundreds came to his home m 
northern Africa for spiritual adv.ee He preach 
many sermons and wrote numerous &"ȣ*" 
the Christian cause. His great work, "The Confes- 
sion " a beautiful mirror of his own soul, has had an 
influ'ence in deepening the spiritual! ty of 'men m suc- 
ceeding centuries only less great than that of the 3*1 
itself St Ambrose and St. Jerome who lived in the 
same' period likewise exercised a great influence in 
building churches, monastic houses, and in guiding ; the 
souls of men. Missionary monks, particularly the Kes- 
torians, went to Asia and established Christianity in 
that old society. 

Medieval Monasticism 

From the sixth century, more attention was directed 
to the conversion of northern Europe. Missionaries 
traveled and lived among the half-enlightened but 
pagan peoples of the north; they admonished them 
sacrificed for them, and built churches for them. A 
second Augustine went to England, converted men, and 
built churches, an enduring monument to his mission- 
ary zeal; Boniface, in the wilds of Switzerland, east- 
ern France, and western Germany, reared the firm 
foundations of a strong and thriving church; St. Pat- 
rick «ave the Irish their first reputation for piety; 
Columba preached the Gospel to the people of Scot- 
land, while Columbanus changed the hearts of the 
inhabitants of central Europe. 

While these major missionary efforts were in prog- 
ress monasticism, a rather unique type of missionary 
effort gained firm root in almost every portion of 
Europe Monks, denying themselves of all worldly 
associations in order to give their souls undivided atten- 
tion sought out the uninhabited forests, and marshes, 
and lived in lonely isolation. But they were not to 
remain isolated; they were real social magnets; their 
struggle with nature, their hardiness and perseverance 
found expression in the conversion of marsh and 
moor and fen into fields of waving grain. Great groups 
of people were attracted to them to benefit in close 
association by their agricultural and religious genius. 
The monasteries, in many cases, became community 
centers and the religious heart throbs of the monastery 
were repeatedly felt in the arteries of the whole com- 
munity. The oft repeated accusation that the monks 
were interested only in their own soul's salvation, thus, 
has a brighter side. Theirs was a gospel of actual 
spiritual experience; the genuine soundness of their 
essential precepts strikingly contrasts with the shallow 
tinsel of modern teaching and preaching, so often lack- 
ing in sustained spiritual contemplation. 

Later Medieval Missions 

The thirteenth century witnessed the introduction of 
a new missionary element— the Franciscan and Do- 
minican friars. The almost divine St. Francis, with a 
tenderly delicate responsiveness to the Infinite God in 
all of his varying manifestations, represents a mis- 
sionary ideal that few humans have attained. " He 
was a man of utter humility, abounding love, overflow- 
ing joy, and poetic insight, of boundless devotion, of 
strong independence and usually of balanced sanity." 
" Because the eyes of the Most High," said St. Francis, 
" have not found among sinners any smaller man, nor 
any more insufficient and more sinful, therefore he has 
chosen me." Such expressions of reality in his life 
are hardly applicable to any of us, but are worthy goals 
for all of us. His utter devotion to his God crowded 
his life with acts of kindness to the hungry, the poor, 
the weak, the sick, and the sinful. He went into the 
needy sections of the rapidly growing towns where the 
deplorable conditions only challenged his greater in- 
terest. He established numerous religious houses in the 
great centers of population, and through these his great 
spiritual task was carried on for generations after 
his death. 

St. Dominic, founder of the Dominican order, sup- 
plemented with a more distinctly intellectual emphasis 
the missionary work of St. Francis. Dominican 
houses became the intellectual centers of Europe. Mis- 
sionaries, teachers, preachers, social workers, college 
and university men were recruited from the Dominican 
and Franciscan orders for several centuries. These 
friar missionaries received the task of preaching the 
Gospel to the Chinese and Hindus. Their vigorous 



vole constituted the life blood of the church at a time 
when the church as a whole tod lost sight of its prin- 
cipal spiritual mission. 

Modern Missions 

The Reformation of the sixteenth century tem- 
porarily paralyzed any definite missionary movements. 
The Protestant sects spent much of their energy in con- 
solidating their resources and in strengthening their 
position in the face of Catholic opposition. The Cath- 
olics through the famed Jesuit order, founded by 
Ignatius Loyola, shortly engaged in a fresh burst of 
missionary activity in India, China, and Japan. 
America, barely touched by the Dominicans, now fur- 
nished a new and fertile field for Jesuit cultivation. 
The Protestants, occupied in their bitter religious 
struggle, came to a tardy recognition of the necessity 
of missions. The Pietists, with whom our own church 
has historical connections, popularized the idea, estab- 
lished a few missions, and inspired the Moravians to 
like activity. These in turn stirred the spiritual fires 
of men like John Wesley and George Whitefield, cul- 
minating in the Great Awakening, the religious re- 
vival of the eighteenth century. Our own missions are 
the direct heirs of the eighteenth century missionary 
impulse so fortunately transplanted from Europe to 
America. 

North Manchester, Ind. 



Flashlights from History 

BY JNO. S. FLORY 

VIII. The Church of Christ and The Thurmamtes 
We have been, considering instances of defection or 
expulsion from the church covering a considerable 
period of time. We have seen also that they cover 
generally .the territorial extent over which the church 
had spread. In this paper we shall consider a few 
more instances and then turn to other things. 

The Church of Christ 

The first of the cases we shall take up today holds 
a curious relation to the Brethren; a relationship a 
little different from any of those we have considered. 
It is mentioned here more for its curious interest than 
for its vital relationship to our denominational history. 
This story takes us back more than a hundred years 
to the beginning of 'the nineteenth century, At that 
time our people were numerous in the eastern part of 
Pennsylvania as they have been ever since ; and there 
were also many other plain people living in close prox- 
imity to the Brethren. Among these were Men- 
nonites, Amish and others. 

It so happened that two brothers, members of the 
Mennonite Church, John and Jacob Engle, living in a 
community of Brethren, became convinced that the 
Brethren's church practice was in accordance with the 
teachings of the Bible. So they applied to the Breth- 
ren at Germantown to baptize them. After an ex- 
amination of the 'applicants, the Brethren refused. 
There were two reasons for their refusal to baptize 
the Engles. One was that they did not ask for bap- 
tism for the remission of sins, holding that their former 
baptism by sprinkling had given them absolution from 
their sins. The other reason was that the Engles did not 
wish to join the Brethren church, but they had come to 
believe that trine immersion was gospel baptism and 
therefore desired to have it administered. This is how 
near the River Brethren came to being a part of the 
Brethren Church. 

Although they were refused baptism at the hands of 
the Brethren, they adopted as their church practice 
the ordinances almost exactly as the Brethren observed 
them. About the only exception was that instead of 
having the supper at the time of communion, they ate a 
common meal before going to church. They lived 
plain, simple lives, much as the Brethren did, and were 
in many ways identified with them. 

The two Engles were active men. They preached 
their doctrine and gained converts.' While they had 
assumed the title " Church of Christ " they have never 
been generally known by this name. As they lived 
along the Susquehanna River, they came to be spoken 
of as the Brethren by the River and from this as the 
River Brethren. This name has clung to them and 
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In theory and practice their faith and manner of 
life are very similar to the Brethren, and through all 
their history they have lived on close terms with them. 
In the migrations of the Brethren from Pennsylvania 
to other sections west and south, they have frequently 
gone along as part of a Brethren colony. In Uiis way 
they have been scattered to the west and northwest and 
south. It was by such means that some of them found 
their way into the Shenandoah Valley in the early part 
of their history. 

They sometimes affiliated with the Brethren and were 
actually counted as members of the church. An in- 
stance of this kind occurred when the Woodstock con- 
gregation in Shenandoah County, Virginia, was or- 
ganized about 1825. There were twelve charter mem- 
bers in this congregation. Six of these were Breth- 
ren and six River Brethren. A year after the organiza- 
tion they elected one of their number to the ministry. 
As it happened this was one of the Brethren. The 
preaching and services of the church were of course 
in accordance with the Brethren custom. From this 
beginning the Woodstock congregation has grown to 
be one of the well known congregations of the Shen- 
andoah Valley. And, is it strange, or isn't it? When 
the Progressives withdrew in the eighties, the Wood- 
stock congregation suffered most and was the worst 
rent congregation of the Church of the Brethren in 
Virginia. 

The Thurmanites 

William C. Thurman was a restless spirit who came 
and went among the congregations of the Brethren 
along in those unsettled years during and after the 
Civil War. He was a dreamer, an idealist, and was 
prone to follow vague theories and fancies. 

Without pursuing his career in any detail, we will 
concentrate our attention upon the incident that oc- 
curred in Rockingham County, Virginia, where he was 
a leader among a small group of followers that took 
his name. He appeared among the churches of the 
valley in the summer of 1867. He was a ready talker, 
an ardent student of the Bible, in his way an interest- 
ing and intelligent man, and so he impressed himself 
favorably upon the Brethren. He was elected to the 
ministry and soon became an active preacher. 

He became especially interested in the subject of the 
second advent of the Messiah, and by a series of de- 
ductions he claimed to have discovered the key to the 
time element of Christ's second coming. This doc- 
trine he preached with great ardor and convincing 
power. He soon found himself surrounded by a body 
of very substantial men and women, loyal and sturdy 
members of the church who were willing to embrace 
his doctrine. 

He had, by his deductions, worked out as he thought, 
the very day and hour when the Messiah would return. 
One who believed himself in possession of this secret 
certainly would leave nothing undone to be ready to 
receive his Lord. It is not remarkable, therefore, that 
Thurman and his followers took every precaution to 
be in position to meet the Master, to be caught up in 
the air with him; and to be forever with the Lord. 

Accordingly, on the day before his expected arrival, 
they betook themselves to the top of a high hill in the 
neighborhood, adorned in their ascension robes, ex- 
pecting that in the quiet hours of the night a blast of 
trumpets would usher them into the spiritual presence 
of the Master. 

But that night passed as all nights have the habit of 
passing. And in the morning as they made their way 
back to their homes, they found themselves the ob- 
jects of curious gazes and undoubtedly did not fail 
to detect the curved lip and derisive smile of their 
neighbors as they passed. 

This disillusionment soon brought them back to the 
facts of real life again. They repudiated Thurman 
and were not long in seeking admission back into the 
church. Those who had formerly belonged to the 
church were admitted. Those who had been baptized 
by Thurman and his followers had to be rebaptized. 
Some of these refused to accept this condition and 
continued on until the Progressive movement in the 
early eighties. Then they too were incorporated into 
that body. 

The hill on which this singular experience took place 



has undergone a strange transformation. It is said by 
those who have every opportunity to know that, at 
the time of this history, it was covered with rich 
verdure of grass and trees. Today it looks as if 
blasted with a curse. It is almost bare of vegetation, 
except for scrub bushes and sage brush, is washed full 
of gullies, and is a desolate waste. 

In stating this I am not implying any necessary re- 
lationship between what happened there more than 
half a century ago and the present condition of the 
hill. I am stating this only as a curious fact. I see 
the hill often and somehow or other I can't help asso- 
ciating intuitively the two things. 

Bridgewatcr, Va. 



Home Missions or Foreign or Both 

BY M. S. MOHLER 

We now hear much said about home missions. The 
Dunker church was a mission church. When the 
Dunker church located at Germantown, Pa., it soon 
commenced mission work. It reached out into the ad- 
jacent country and continued to widen out until it 
crossed the boundary lines of its native State— south, 
southwest, west, northwest, and hewed its way through 
dense forests and built up homes, and along with all 
this, built up and organized strong congregations and 
dotted the country with churchhouses from the Atlantic 
to the Pacific. 

Home missions apparently ceased about a genera- 
tion ago and foreign missions were taken up. It seems 
that foreign missions so absorbed the interest of the 
Church of the Brethren that home missions were 
dropped. I do not know why the home mission work 
was dropped unless it was because foreign missions 
were considered more popular. There is yet much ter- 
ritory in the homeland not occupied by the Church of 
the Brethren. In many places the people do not know 
that there is such a people as the Church of the Breth- 
ren. 

Why is it that there are so many young college 
graduate ministers who have nothing special to do, 
but apparently wait for an opening where those illiter- 
ate, simple-minded Dunkers have started the work? 
Why do they not take up home mission work, and why 
is it that pastors in large congregations where there 
are three or four or five ministers do not go out and do 
home mission work? The pastoral system has put 
many of the ministers of the former generation out 
of commission. They did a good work and can do 
good work still. The pastoral system is doing them 
an injustice. It is robbing them of honor justly due 
them. Why do not these pastors and young college 
graduate ministers have the pioneer spirit of those 
illiterate Dunkers and the apostle Paul, and go and 
build from the ground up? There are even small 
groups of members here and there without a shepherd, 
pleading foi some one to come, but it seems no one 
responds. Those illiterate Dunkers would not have 
turned a deaf ear to such pleading. It is getting some- 
what irksome and stale to hear so much said about the 
great work which should be done, but nothing is done. 
It takes too long to get started. It brings to mind the 
saying: " Error goes round the world while truth puts 
on its boots." 

Young men are now generally sent out. They must 
at least take a four-year course in a college and several 
years in a theological school to preach a simple Gospel. 
Christ chose twelve common, every day men from the 
common walks of life— tax gatherers, fishermen, etc., 
for his ambassadors. He put them to work. They 
learned by doing. The most important lessons of life 
are not learned from books. God takes men as he finds 
them and can use them. Moses got his training in the 
back part of the desert, herding sheep. John the Bap- 
tist got his training in the desert north of the Dead 
Sea. Amos was called while a herdsman, and dresser 
of sycamore trees of Tekoa. Jesus said to the twelve: 
" For I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all 
your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay or resist " 
(Luke 21 : 15). He did not say: " I will give you a 
college or university degree, the wisdom of which your 
adversaries shall not be able to gainsay or resist." Jesus 
said : " I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and 



earth, because thou hast hid these things from the 
wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 
Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight" 
The Dunkers had a much shorter way than that used 
at present. They did not have so much machinery. 
When isolated members called for a shepherd some 
one responded. The one who responded did not con- 
sider the financial side of the question. There was no 
mission or ministerial board to direct the matter and 
pay the expense. The Dunkers carried on home mis- 
sions by emigration. They stayed with ,the job. 

I opine I know why home missions were not kept up. 
The Dunker way had too much sacrifice, self-denial, 
hardship and deprivation. These college graduate min- 
isters will not endure it. Paul was too ambitious to 
step in where some one else had made it ready to his 
hand. There is great need for home mission work. 
There is no necessity now to go to the foreign field to 
preach to the foreigner. 

Let us lift up our eyes and see the millions that the 
rolling years have brought to our shores. There have 
been 34,000,000 men, women and children brought 
within our gates by the tide in a century ; 430,000 of 
them during the year ending June 30, 1920. I am not 
saying that foreign nations do not need the Gospel. I 
am emphasizing home missions and the looking after 
the isolated groups that are pleading so earnestly. A 
soul saved in the homeland is worth as much as one 
saved on the foreign field and this can be done with 
much less expense. 
Lecton. Mo. ~»~ 



John's Baptism 

BY J. H. MOORE 

A good cause in the hands of inconsiderate friends 
may easily lead to more harm than when confronted 
or opposed by strong and crafty enemies. This is 
the thought that came to us on reading the comments 
for the Sunday-school lesson for January 1, in The 
Brethren Evangelist. As will be recalled the lesson 
for that Sunday was " John the Baptist and Jesus," 
and under the sub-heading " The Baptism," meaning 
John's baptism, appeared this statement: "John's bap- 
tism was different from that which Jesus taught his 
disciples to practice. It could hardly have been a three- 
fold form because the trinity was not yet revealed 
and the Christian commission not yet given. It was 
according to that commission (Matt. 28: 19. 20) that 
the early church went forth to baptize believers into 
the body of Christ. It was a triune immersion they 
practiced. John's baptism was very likely the single 
mode, patterned after the Jewish baptism, but differing 
from it in that it was a ' baptism of repentance unto 
remission of sins.' In this significance it was hke 
Christian baptism." 

It is well understood as set forth in Matt. 21:25 
that the form of baptism administered by John was 
from heaven. If it be assumed that the baptism 
•' which Jesus taught his disciples to practice " was 
different from that performed by John, then we have 
for the new dispensation two divinely authorized forms 
of baptism. Furthermore, if Jesus in the baptismal 
formula (Matt. 28:19) meant to teach trine immer- 
sion, while he and all his disciples had by John been 
baptized by single immersion, then we have in the in- 
fant church a peculiar predicament. We have the 
apostles baptized by single immersion, insisting on 
trine immersion for their converts, while admitting 
that single immersion was considered good enough 
for them. Not only so, but we have Jesus along with 
John the Baptist fulfilling all righteousness in the act 
of single immersion, while a little later on in the light 
ot all authority as given to him from heaven, teaching 
another form for the sacred rite, a clear case of not 
practicing what he was teaching. 

It is easy to imagine 'what confusion might have 
grown out of such a situation if such was the case, 
John having one form of baptism and Jesus teaching 
another. It is strange that some of the contentious 
Jews did not put up to Peter or some of the other 
leaders, the self-contradictory system of theology and 
demand an explanation. Besides all this we read that 
the gifted Apollos more than twenty years after the 

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A Startling Report 

UY J. M. HENRY 

t „f the Secretary of the Treasury, Mr 
v. , („ r 1027 to past and tuture wais. x * 

the oeace organizations, ami places mi. _» 

on the side of the peace and welfare contentions. 
y -,,eOoctorKosaoftheUn^ = B = 

the start n» facts that ou, of every federal tax dollar 
93 7 cen " tvas spent for past and future wars, win. 
only oe'per cent was going for research, educa ion 
and other developments. These charts and figures 
ere publ shed from one end of the land to the other by 
^Xtions interested in education and construct, e 
projects of welfare. The facts played a large part in 
* public sentiment which culminated in the 
W«on Conference for the limitation of anna- 

"Three years later, in response to a request of a 
Umted States Senator, the Bureau of Efficiency 
brought the figures up to date by the same method em- 
p oye by Dr. Rosa. The charts and figures were pub- 
Sed b/the National Council For Prevention of War 
with fair and impartial consideration showing a de 
cline from 93.7 to 85.8 per cent ; nevertheless, the War 
Department made a bitter attack on the figures ^ and 
characterized the Bureau of Efficiency chart as a 
carefully conceived effort to deceive. 

One of the main contentions of the War Depart- 
ment was that the interest and retirement of the pub- 
c debt should not be included in the account of war 
expenditures. However, since the debt, except for a 
ne»ngib>e proportion of a fraction of one per cent was 
n^urred for past wars, the Treasury Departure,! has 
consistently so classified it. In Ins report fo. 1925 
Secretary Mellon attributed over 80 per cent of federa 
expenditures to war. He then gave this significant 
Xing to every taxpayer in the United States when 
he S aid- " This will be the inevitable situation as long 
as war is the method of settling international disputes 

This year, Secretary Mellon treats the question of 
debts and their consequent causes still more seriously. 
He devoted three pages of his report to the discussion 
of tables and charts showing the functional _ distribu- 
tion of expenditures for the fiscal year 1927. More- 
over the classified figures for the years from 1J1U 
to 1924 prepared by Dr. Rosa and by the Bureau of 
Efficiency, are not only referred to as " the best known 
compilation of data in available form for answering 
this inquiry," but are reprinted, thus completely vindi- 
cating the 'method of classification. A similar compu- 
tation, which excludes civil agencies used for war 
purposes such as the Emergency Fleet Corporation, is 
made for the years 1915 to 1927. By this method the 
.war percentage for 1927 was computed as 82 per cent 
by Mr. Mellon. . 

The taxpayer, grumbling over the size of his income 
tax no doubt thinks his hard earned money is being 
spent by the government to compile reports on busi- 
ness or agricultural conditions, to erect public build- 
ings to send diplomats abroad, to carry on scientific 
investigations, or to make and enforce laws; but Sec- 
retary Mellon says in his report: " As a matter of fact 
a small part of the taxpayer's dollar goes into work 
of this sort, only about one-sixth being used for all 
the multitudinous types of civil functions added to- 
gether One-half of each tax dollar is used for the 
service of the public deft. ... The remaining 
one-third is spent on military expenditures for national 
defense or payments to military veterans." 

The Secretary goes on to say: "This table shows 
that in modern times the federal tax burden of one 
generation is largely determined by the military ac- 
tivities of the preceding one. In the fiscal year, 1927 
expenditures for interest on the public debt exceeded 
by over $140,000,000 the aggregate amount of ordi- 



nary civil expenditures, while military expenditu, 
Z e a most twice civil costs and exceeded the = amount 
.of all retirement of the public debt by nearly $70, 

00 The taxpayer should know these facts, and then get 
b u^vSetters to his Congressman, Senators and 

:^^=t N i^^H 

taxes on armaments? We have a democracy and the 

d of the peop.e makes public opinion When peopk 

ct their voices be heard. An earnest appeal is sen 

.article to every church in the Brotherhood and 
£ individuals to get up a letter and write to you 
,awmakers and the President petitioning *»**£* 
the Big Navy Bill and give their support to the Treaty 
Z Outlaw War. Time is precious. Write at once. 

jVcw Windsor, Md. 



What About Nicaragua? 

F^terieV J. Libby, *V:"s y . c °'..T.' 1 e '^. k °B- 
Lcrwitl, ■h«to|l.».»> .•; ■ » » h „ r ^ '"',„, $„ e „ to write »bc 

The Secretary of State, 
Washington, D. C. 
Dear Mr. Secretary: 

Y s.erday the papers reported the death of five more 
mar, s a"d an unknown number of Nicaraguans in what 

"This and a long lis. of similar events have led a large 

Sir^stNicTrt^^whatparposcis.hes.aagMer 
'dthrg .he pas. year of more than «» Nicaragua sF Und 
w ,,a, section of - «»'\„ „ £J Z fare our 
^ r X« or^S - pohce '.his foreign and 
sovereign s.a.e and to die in the swamps and jungles of an 
"tne adjournment o. Congress on March 4 or for 

trX C on 1 sL!on P During .his period the terriUe 
dub of the might of the United States has been swung u, - 
paringly to crush opposition to our policy m Nicaragua. 
The result is more hatred and more resistance u, .Nicaragua 
I r of or aggression now throughout Central America and 
o honor prestige and trade for our nation as ar a 
C aP e Horn, while imperialists in Europe rejoice in 
bungling in the very territory we guard under the 
Doctrine Can this be denied? 

A„d now, Mr. Secretary, the date of the Pan-American 
Conference is drawing near. A large section of the Am 
can oeople have hopes of great accomplishment at this 
Conference. It will have before it a code of interna.iona 
|„ the fruit of the labor of a Commission of Jurists 
appointed by the Pan-American Conference four years ago^ 
A ringing assertion of the political equality and sovereign 
rig of the nations on these two comments is in this 
code Can any believer in our history and trad,t.on do 
aught but urge the adoption of such a statement? A part- 
nership of nations on these two continents is proposed for 
"maintenance of stability and peace. What other alter- 
he have y o„ to offer to the pobcy of illegal intervention 
that is now being pursued by our government at will 
Our business interests press you for stability for their in- 
vestments. Does not our domestic experience prove con- 
clusively that friendly relations with one's customers are 
more profitable than a relation based on bare force? 

Mr. Secretary, ugly rumors are current » Washington 
regarding the preparations that are being made for tins 



....favorable to the United States? 

Is it true that a Nicaragua. D , Gavr, ^ *J^ ^ 
has been sent on a toe, of the La « ^ (hc 

^o, ic r^nr^ s - : --: 

" * it^rtU'atolt'lIrS^in-American countries 
Is it true owe ,i a ,,, na bv diplomats resident in 

, I M o„r State Department to be per.oe.ae non grata* . 
found by our Stale Heparin^ Morrow. 

liiiaiiai 

"«r' s ........ ,- '•-•—*y!.""oT,"„Z 

'v^ion in colries south of us by the substitution of a 
better, less costly, and friendlier way? 
Sincerely yours, 

(Signedl Frederick J. Libby. 



FORWARD MOVEMENT 



Edited by J- W. U«r 



■ Monroe 



Condition of Mission Treasury 

January 1, 1928 



$ 76,44746 
28.446.52 



Deficit on December 1, 1927, , ■■ 

Expenses for December 

$104,893.98 

Less Income for December _ZL_^ 

.•.coo $72,644.35 

Deficit on January 1, 1V2B • • ■ • 

Since March 1, 1927, average daily mission income, 753.79 

For same period, average daily expense J6-.lt 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 



Known by Fruits 

Fruit is the acid test of any development. There 
can be no guess work when the output is on trial 
Jesus announced a law which is both universal ^and 
eerna when he said: "By their fruits ye shall know 
them"' The law is just as inexorable in the spiritual 
as in the natural world. ■ ' 

Fruit discloses discipleship, and discipleship depends 
upon abiding in Jesus. A profession of abiding may 
belcTptive but when the fruit is manifest there can 
b no mistaking, for grapes do not grow ^ thorns : no 
figs do not produce thist.es. The words of Jesus are 
spirit and life, therefore, the source of spiritual 
growth. To abide in his word means true dlscrpUship 
One can only abide in so far as one knows what Ins 
"ord is. To hear his words and to do them will pro- 
ducc fruit of a divine nature. 

Fruit glorifies the Father who is the husbandman 
a„o who Is concerned about the returns from the vine- 
yard The larger the returns the more he is glori- 
fied "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear 
nth fruit" (John 15:8a). The Old Teamen tvine- 
vard (Israel) disappointed the Lord of the Harvest. 
Z hoi; tW name of the owner, but failed to honor 
him with increase. Branches were brok en off b - 
cause in unbelief they failed to bear fruit. The New 
Testament branches will fare no better unless they 

^oJrMaster had a forward look. He came to reveal 
and glorify the Father. His purposes could not be 
Larted. Peter undertook to head him off and re- 
ceived a severe rebuke. Indifference or laziness on 
the part of his followers deserves a like treatment. 
Passive attitudes toward a world challenge like Matt 
7g • 19 reveals lukewarmness. And Christ m the midst 
of the churches declared that disposition nauseating 
"to him (Rev. 3:16). . . 

The Church of the Brethren, if she des.res to .eta.r 
a place of approval, must look forward. Voices nou 
and again are being heard that advocate turning back 
"He that PUtteth his hand to the plow and looked 
back is not fit for the kingdom," said the Master. T. 
be at ease in Zion is dangerous, because it means de 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 21, 1928 



37 






cay Paul suffered the loss of all things that he might 
win a place with Christ in the work of saving the 
world. This great preacher of righteousness saw a 
redeemed world through the preaching of the cross, 
and no sacrifice was too great for him in his effort to 
plant that cross where the unredeemed world could 
look and live. . 

This is a dangerous day. The golden calt of present 
day materialism invites us to stop and be merry. The 
flesh pots of Egypt invite us to stop and eat. The 
song of n worldly siren lures us into the zones ot dan- 
ger There never was a time when temptations were 
more insidious. Never has the church been richer in 
worldly goods. To be rich and in need of nothing 
endangers the church. Peter and John penniless at 
the door " Beautiful " gave the man begging tor alms 
what money could not buy. When our living be- 
comes so complex that we have little for the exten- 
sion of the Kingdom, it is time to put on sackcloth 
for garments instead of silk and furs. When fine 
automobiles slow up the preaching of the cross it is 
high time to go on foot. A church claiming to live 
•' The simple life " should not live so rich nor travel 
so fast that she becomes lean in spirit and slow in 
Kingdom enterprise. 

The fruit of one's life may be called the overflow. 
The fruit of the spirit is the product of a life in which 
the Holy Spirit dwells. One who believes in Jesus 
is born of the Spirit. Out of him shall come the issues 
of spiritual purpose and power. Only as the individual 
submits to the Spirit of Christ can he hear fruit of 
Christlike character. To be carnally minded is death 
and when the fruit of one's life is worldly and selfish 
the life can be nothing other than carnal. 

If the church is to be judged by her fruits, what 
manner of people are we? What are we attempting to 
do? What can be said of the church in your com- 
munity? What would Jesus say or do if he was a 
member there? Would he be satisfied with your pro- 
gram? Would he see more than the leaves ot an 
empty profession? He was displeased with Israel and 
signified that displeasure by blighting a fruitless fig 
tree. Will he be less exacting toward a people with 
more knowledge and larger opportunity? 
A pastor once prayed for his flock thus: 
" I make request for you, that ye may be filled with 
the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and 
understanding to walk worthily of the Lord unto all 
pleasing, bearing fruit in every good ivork, and in- 
creasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with 
all power, according to the might of his glory, unto 
all patience and long suffering with joy." 

Such noble hearted, self-sacrificing pastors are un- 
tiring in their effort to increase in the members the 
fruits of righteousness unto all liberality in order that 
God may be glorified. Nothing saddens the pastor 
more than an empty profession in the lives of his mem- 
bership. He knows that the Great Shepherd of the 
sheep is honored only as the flock manifests loyalty to 
the will of God and devoutly labors to bring his King- 
dom in. If we as a church fail to do this. " The king- 
dom of God shall be taken from us and shall be given 
to a people bringing forth the fruits thereof." 



We counted the cost and the Holy Spirit opened the 
way. These far-flung battle lines are depending on the 
church in America. It would bring disgrace both on 
the church and our Master to fail. We dare not do 
less than our best. If we all pull together, we cannot 
fail. 

February! The shortest month ! Let us make it a 
red letter occasion 1 Jesus died for these foreign broth- 
ers. His love should constrain us to carry the " good 
. news " to them. Paul suffered the loss of all things, 
that he might win Christ and herald his cause. Such 
loyalty knows no defeat. If our hearts beat with the 
same devotion our response will be commensurate with 
our ability. 

February! Loyalty! lOO^o ! 



CORRESPONDENCE 



CENTRAL REGIONAL MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE 
- Since the chief responsibility ot die ministry, as ambas- 
sadors in Christ's stead, consists of "feeding the flocV 
" making full proof of the ministry," " tending the sheep. 
" preaching the Word." etc., and since he is to be " a work- 
man that needeth not to be ashamed," die responsibility be- 
fore him in making full proof of his ministry is to constant- 
ly make use of every opportunity for his fuller develop- 
ment and larger training. In the work of bis ministry he 
is always meeting problems, in the solution of which he 
needs help. Then, too, it serves lo give new inspiration 
and enthusiasm, if occasionally he can "come apart" for 
a season and spend a few days with his brethren who may 
help him solve his problems and give him an inspiration 
to go back to his old task with a new vision. 

To meet such a need and lend such an inspiration is the 
purpose of the Central Regional Ministerial Conference 
to be held at Bethany Bible School, Chicago, 111.. Feb. 7-1(1. 

1928. . . „ 

The meeting is to he held under the auspices of the 
General Mission Board, General Ministerial Board and 
Bethany Bible School and is for the benefit of all elders, 
pastors and ministers and their wives, as well as lb,-, who 
are vitally interested in the program of the church. Bethany 
is amply able to care for the conference and all who come. 
This has been fully demonstrated in the past when she 
has always extended the most royal hospitality. 

The program is intensive, comprehensive and varied. It 
deals with the everyday problems of our church and min- 
istry It gives ample time each day for general discussion 
of practical problems, as well as addresses of the inspira- 
tional type. A Bible hour each morning will tun. our 
minds to the Word and special features will lend variety 
to. the program. The program lor the conference was 
printed in the "Messenger" for Jan. 14. page .'1. 

Churches will do well to sec that their pastor or elder 
attends this conference by assisting in a financial way 
Ml ministers who can possibly arrange to do so, are urged 
to attend for the benefit they can give and receive. 

ni . rj-il ol,;, J- A. Robinson. 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. - 1 



in, at. All were one for Christ and the church. Such 
blending of life is not often seen in this world and, if it con- 
tinues to be nurtured, it will surely tell to the glory of 
God. All agree that this was the dominant influence that 
contributed to the pleasure and advancement of the work 
and it was a delight to' look upon it. 

While writing these lines it is natural to think of the 
broader activity of our beloved chbrch. If we as a whole 
bodv were so united, the present progress would take on 
new life and the pace we are making in the Lord's work 
would be greatly quickened. Discord in the local church 
would soon cease. Harmony and love would reign instead. 
Division in our State Districts would disappear and the 
onward movement endorsed by General Conference would 
not he lacking in full support. In short, the battle for 
righteousness would prevail and the name of the Lord 
would be magnified to the uttermost parts of the earth. 

Since Christian service is voluntary on the part of the 
individual and the ends lo be obtained are for the good 
of all, it is not unreasonable to expect such condition to 
arise It is this for which Christ so earnestly prayed as 
recorded in John 17:20 and 21. Each of us can pray with 
him for this blessed state to come within the church. We 
can labor for him to bring it about ami it is our privilege 
to make any needed sacrifice to hasten the day. 

Sebring, Fla. °- H Zi t'>«- 



Notes From Our Correspondents 



CALIFORNIA 



Calvrtry church ce 
6. with an all-day 
choir. Ou the eveni 
Bottle, was repeated, it ha 
Klad to report a steady inc 
ship of Bro. C. W. War." 
Huntington, Ind. Our prospect 



third 



Sunday. No 



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spondent. 



e keen added to 
,nd seven l,y letter. 



hue with i inusieale given by the 
it Dec 1, the missionary pageant. The Pill 

i , l.cen given last tunc- We arc very 

,, attcridanci . under the able leader 
„ came in us last September trom 
tor the N\w Year are very bright. 



ureh hy baplis... - 

era! others are awnitiiiK baptism 

ranie.i. The regular quarterly council was 

- 9 and officers elected as follows; J. D. Clear, clerk; 

:'shank. " Messenger" agent; and Mrs P. L. Duke corr, 

The financial hoard was increased bom three te 

Th.. children's Christmas program was given on lri.,i> 

C «;S:'DCC 11 and aVl'r'i.lina, cantata. The Light ot tie 

who had given ,,»,. a^aU , the.r .^ ^ 

auet en S"* J™ ■"-"'"- *>»! '- ™<- L °" A " s ""' 

'^.'e'sl'Dlcgo church me, in council Dec. 2d with B". flora 

T,„ „ew ehurchlion-.e Dee » the church held a booster banquet 

u l.™„cl the In si,,! campaign II »■■' Atd gave the supper 

Office"" lor the Christian Worker, were also elected with Sister 
Fanrncy. presidcnt.-Elden E. Mien, San Diego, Obi, Jan. <■ 

HemC-W. enjoyed a yen In. prog. K.». » "J»^ *£.?£ 

o( Bro Dean Voder, our Sunday-school superintendent. 1 he li.aok 
°,vS' "ograrn materia, was .„....; ^ -M»« ;™ , "f^ * 

tor horn nn'ssiois; he balance is to go toward a bind tor the pur- 
ch.se ot a', ereop icon lantern lor ou, church. Our love lea,, wa, 
held Del 17-a Hood, spiritual meeting. One -sung lad, was bapmed 
lent etc. a k . Q fhrisiinas program was given Dec. 

\V. M TLiti. Hem 



WORTH REMEMBERING 



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Loyalty to Our Common Task 

February. The shortest month of the year. The 
last month of the fiscal financial year. Just one month 
to square ourselves with the Annual Meeting Budget. 
The Council of Promotion suggested $406,300 as the 
asking for this year. The Annual Meeting delegates 
at Lincoln raised it $2,000. Up to December 31, just 
ten months of the year, the churches had sent in $199,- 
271,29, or a little less than 507c of the budget as 
adopted by Conference. 

Suppose we make February loyalty month and en- 
deavor to close the year without regrets. To do this 
will require real sacrificial giving. Loyalty to Christ 
and his church begets sacrifice. The Master's whole 
life was one of service for others. Fellowship with 
him in suffering and loyalty to him on behalf of his pro- 
gram will produce success in this great and worthy un- 
dertaking. 

We opened up missions in India, China, and Africa. 



If in the course of human events, we meet with gifts 
more beautiful, or when wc witness incidents more inter- 
esting, our joy is not complete until we tell our frtends 
about them. This is not inconsistent with our Christian 
heritage Therefore, this same prompting causes the follow- 
ing to be written and the hope is entertained that greater 
good will come of it. 

On New Year day the conference at the Seneca church 
for the ministers and young people of Florida and Georgia 
came to a close. On every hand such remarks as these 
were beard: "This is the best meeting of the kind I ever 
attended," "There was not a dull moment in all of its 
sessions," or " I never saw such close cooperattun between 
old and young people." Beyond a doubt it was a wonderful 
meeting and it will continue to be a builder for the King 
dom of Christ for years to come, 

Looking more closely and in detail we could see a wel 
arranged program. Those assigned to duty did their par 
well but in this the sessions were no better thai, other 
conferences attended. One exception to tins might be 
mentioned. "The First Christmas Night, composed by 
local talent and given by members and friends of the 
Seneca church the first evening, was unique. Here under 
the open heavens with moon and stars looking upon us 
we beheld the representation of the scenes written in the 
Scriptures about the birth of the infant Jesus. The whole 
of it was out of the usual order and may have contributed 
„ the fine spirit prevailing during the following sesstons. 
Yet we are sure there was a greater power contributing to 
the 'great success of the conference. This might be given 
in a few words. 

Aside from the marks of rolling years, there were none 
present distinctly young. There were none 1 ha were old. 
No division because of years could be found .,. the encamp- 



,„,lcwood.-Oe, 1 Brother and Sister D. M Brewer took up the 

323? tfJtlSLXJl io"n=TvaSif 'A\ be 
conducted hy Bro. McFadden beginning Feb. 1. Some ol our mem- 
bers "re? Plai, g to attend Ih. Bible ■»«, .«« « '^^,,,0 

church this week. At our last business meeting Bro W. H. »" 

f tofc S«rt « a program which proved to be very »*? 
Mrs. H. M. Stutsman. Innlcwood, Calif., Jan. 1. 
. . . t. ml -( in rnuncil Dec 13- Wc decided to have a weeks 

rirS^t^.^srS^S.^f 

v P D ad" e is BrV R. H. J.nkinson. In November we had a 

our pasto • «■ s , „„„, c „;,., f, V e rooms and 

Wc now have a n.ee t.unga. , rf g^ 

(oilman and w te we e„ ^ R ^.^ ^ Emp ,„ 

November at the time o temperance 

,.,„„. d0 w„ with five young ,. ope «■ «»|J .*„*« ,,a,t and par, 

PtO. The, «»"l ■»« £* J" °U"s at the love least we 

Wr^LKtSi^S mccienfwhich ^-g?.*.^ 

SSvetci^^ ^nten 

„f £' daf.be .,*« "^KA^SK^M?* 
,„r the mission work o > he combined A < * , o „.„ „,. ,;„„ 

,hes< hose- «.re opened an toe e Ujiiwn 1 . Brotherhood 

then Other hoses have been handed in. llie w me. 
pledged SUM to the Pac.be Lodge, a rescue 

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38 



PASTOR AND PEOPLE 






The Challenge of the Unfinished " 

BY HOMER E. BLOUGH 
A New Year's Meditation 
■•But these ye ought to have doue, and not to have left 
the other undone" (Matt. 23:23). 

•■ He left nothing undone of all that Jehovah commanded 
(Josh. 11:15). . 

"I ean do all things through Christ which strengtheneth 
me" (Philpp. 4:13). 

The Old Year closed in upon us unawares, and the 
swiftness of Time caught us with our work unfinished 
Everywhere about us loom the ragged edges of the 
things unfinished. Unanswered correspondence piles 
of pitching and darning, long-standing debts, the oil 
line fence, the dilapidated yard gate, the leaky roof or 
smoky furnace, favors to return-who of us could 
not add to the unending list of unfin.shed thmgs in the 
career of most of us? These little things seem to 
crowd us for time and most folk complain of being 
in arrears. But there are more serious aspects to con- 
sider. 

New Year is a fresh challenge to serious thinking. 
It is the season of the year to invoice our moral, social 
and spiritual stock in hand; it is the time to evaluate 
our standing, the increase or decrease of the force of 
our character, the growth of our ideals, the stability of 
our whole being. Because of the unachieved goals and 
the impractical and fruitless efforts of the past year, 
changes will need to be made. The invoice will show 
profitless stock and the whole business o effective 
living demands expert attention. Like Paul, ' We have 
left undone those things which we ought to have done; 
and we have done those things which we ought not to 
have done." Mere passing of New Year resolutions ,s 
much like a mechanical toy which when wound will go 
for a short time until run down. 

Our years are much the same. The stream of life 
flows on down through the years in much the same 
monotonous fashion. Our lives move forward through 
each day's work with a certain characteristic sameness. 
The past year is prophetic of what the new year will 
be like Human nature is not unchangeable, but 
changes come slowly. Our temper, disposition, mental 
attitudes and general physical make-up are to a large 
extent biologically conditioned and therefore possess a 
certain constancy. • We will go blundering along in 
much the same way, and those who are inclined to be 
gloomy will be gloomy still; those who are pessimistic 
will still continue to see the dark side of things; the 
quick-tempered will have their usual mental tilts with 
neighbors ; those who are inclined to be lazy will be 
lazy still ; those who have trouble to save their earnings 
will still have the same trouble ; folks who swear will 
still be profane, the self-exalted will continue to be 
high-headed. Yes, the habitual way of life will con- 
tinue, and as we have been, so shall we continue to be 
—unless, as we pass the threshold of this new 1928, we 
shall resolve to incarnate into our own being these 
changes for nobler and higher living. Two dynamic 
factors enter into the process of effecting any change in 
life : first, there is the moving power of the will under 
the guidance of the Spirit; second, that of constant 
practice of the decision until it becomes habitual and 
a permanent fixture of life. 

But what are the great unfinished things of life 
common to all of us? Why should the incomplete por- 
tions of our life career constitute a challenge? We 
may all meditate with profit upon the following: 

(1) Preparation for complete living is inadequate 
and unfinished. No youth should expect to find him- 
self completely equipped for the upward struggle of 
life's great journey. At commencement season the 
graduate steps confidently down from the platform 
with diploma in hand, only to find himself face to face 
with real life situations in which the actual learning 
and adjusting process is to take place. We live, in a 
very complex social and economic society and our 
day calls for a much more complete preparation than 
in the days of our forefathers. There is so much in- 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 21, 1928 

effective living today, so much cheap, half-hearted 
effort put forth, that we marvel how some folk manage 
to keep body and soul and home intact. The admoni- 
tion of the great apostle was never more needed 1 than 
today, that we " Put on the whole armour of God that 
ye may be able to stand." Ours is a time of great 
schools, colleges, churches and institutions of training; 
ours is an unparalleled day in which to be strong for 
the Lord, and yet what a large proportion find them- 
selves unable to measure up to the demands of their 
day' There is but one genuine diploma worthy ot 
universal recognition, it is the one secured through 
completing successfully a life project in the University 
of Common Everyday Living. Joshua was a mighty 
man of valor and achievement because he was equipped 
for the day's task, and it was said of him: He ijett 
nothing undone of that which he was commanded. 
Many people would be better off if they could under- 
stand that life, though a difficult hill-climbing process 
may neverthless be made a glorious and successful 
venture, and that he that overcometh will sit upon the 
throne. 

(2) Your home is incomplete and unfinished. Your 
dreams have not yet been realized. This year's end, 
like those of yore, stares you in the face and points 
out to you the many things you planned but did not do. 
The life of a good home is achieved by growth and 
development. Our grandparents recall experiences of 
those early humble beginnings— a cow, a team, a bed- 
stead, some dishes and a few pieces of home furniture. 
To this was added from time to time some necessary 
convenience as finances permitted. Those were great 
times, the furnishing of the home was a wholesome 
challenge. We should remember there are also the 
possibilities of the finer social and spiritual furnishings 
of the home to be considered. These are essential to 
victorious living. We need to know that every family 
has resident within its own circle the potent possibili- 
ties of a finer and better home. The possibilities of 
love, sympathy, sacrifice and goodwill are unbounded ; 
these have never yet been put to the test for maximum 
results by anyone save the Christ. So long as there is 
any element of hatred, suspicion, factional feeling, 
jealousy, infidelity or division of interest and loyalty 
that home is not stable and may come short of its 
original high purpose and ultimate destiny. 

May the present year prove the greatest of all your 
years. May love flow more freely, may sympathy be 
given more generously, the forgiving spirit prevail 
more often, and each member of the household act his 
or her part a bit more nobly for the common good of 
all. Such is the possibility the Lord Almighty is giving 
you in another year during which to make another 
noble effort. 

(3) Your faith is unfinished. However sure and 
believing, we still may pray : " Lord increase our 
faith." What does the invoice sheet show anyway — 
more or less faith than one year ago? Is your religious 
faith growing stronger and are the things you believe 
more prominent in your mental horizon than your 
doubts, fears and suspicions? Let us never be discour- 
aged, for to the one who was not so sure but really 
searching, the Master said : " O woman, great is thy 
faith." While our faith and the things we believe are 
built up largely out of the day's experience, yet we 
should never lose sight of the truth that Christ is 
the " Author and finisher of our faith " and without 
his guiding help it will always be incomplete and un- 
finished. In fact, so long as there are periods of faith- 
lessness, seasons of despair, gatherings of dark shad- 
ows across the pathway heavenward — just that long 
will our faith be immature and unfinished. Evermore 
pray : " Lord, I believe ; help thou mine unbelief." 
The great reaches of the spirit of man challenge to a 
growing faith comparable with the imperative issues 
of the day. 

The home, the church, the community and the nation 
are in need of bigger-faith folk. There is need for a 
type of contagious faith determined to go forward and 
bring others along. Little faith makes a spurty start 
here and there but turns back when the grade stiffens, 
while big faith marches triumphantly on over the high- 
est mountains of difficulty. Great faith, courageous 
and unafraid, goes out through the world conquering 



the darkness ;-it sails mighty seas, scales rugged 
mountains, discovers continents, bridges rivers, tunnels 
lofty mountain ranges, builds large institutions, pro- 
jects great missionary enterprises; yea, it has set itselt 
to transform the society of the whole world! Great 
faith believes in all the majestic power of the Creator 
of the heavens and the universe. Therefore build 
yourself up into a person of greater faith and respond 
to the challenge to do the more worth-while things of 
life. 

(4) Your character is a growing something and 
not yet complete. Character-building is a lifelong 
process. At times we build nobler than at other times. 
The personality of the Master was developed and un- 
folded along the four fundamental human relation- 
ships' "He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor 
with God and men." What is your life today as com- 
pared with what it was ten years ago? Is your spir- 
itual life slipping? Are your moral convictions fading 
out? Will your social life stand inspection? Are you 
becoming master of yourself and your environment? 
In Christ every rational personality has an unlimited 
field for character growth and expansion of capacities. 
No matter what your excellence may be, there is still 
the better day, the larger sympathy, the greater love, 
the purer soul, the nobler spirit just ahead. Paul 
stressed personal development in building up the body 
of Christ (Eph. 4: 13). There is no such thing as a 
static Christian; to be a living epistle presupposes 
orowth. May the new year bring us closer to a " Full- 
grown man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ." 

It might be fair to ask, can anything be completed, 
finished? Jesus said: " It is finished," but what was 
finished seems to have been a completed unit in an in- 
finitely larger project by no means as yet completed. 
In whatever avenue of life we observe, we see evi- 
dences of the unfinished. The field of literature is so 
rich in poetry, ballad, prose and drama; yet the best 
thought and work of the mind is yet to be written. 
Observe the field of invention and discovery; what 
marvelous developments our last century has wrought, 
yet science says we are just crossing the threshold of 
the beginnings. In the realm of statesmanship and in- 
ternational relations there remains a great unfinished 
task for noble men of courage. Even the church of 
Christ, standing out with dauntless purpose through 
these many centuries, finds her unfinished task today 
greater than ever before. The Kingdom of Right- 
eousness, like the mustard seed, is a growing, expand- 
ing something, still far from being finished. How 
imperfect and unfinished the race of mankind! How 
limitless the path to completed glory ! How far distant 
the end of eternity ! 
Johnstown, Pa. 



The Spiritual Conflict Between God and the 
World 

BY S. S. W. HAMMERS 

In primitive times the Spirit of God aimed to con- 
vince the world that it needed Christ. Now in these 
modern times the spirit of the world through infi- 
delity, atheism and similar agencies, aims to convince 
it that it can get along very well without Christ, and 
from what we see and read it is making great progress. 
The Spirit of God witnesses to believers that all their 
needs are fully supplied in Christ, that they are de- 
pendent on the world for nothing, and that their peace 
is outside the worldly system. We notice where one 
learned divine has stated that the Bible is useless, 
Christ did not rise, the New Testament psychology is 
hopeless and its morals outworn. Then this learned 
man outlines the religion of the future as one that 
will have nothing to do with Christ or any other indi- 
vidual, prophet, or creed. Now if this learned doctor 
would search the Scriptures, he would find that not 
" one jot " no part of the sacred law or of the obliga- 
tion to obey it shall be done away nor shall any part 
of the ceremonial law, till its end is accomplished. 
Our nation is fast drifting into infidelity and atheism. 
There is very little effort on the part of our wise men 
to uphold the sacred Word of God, or Christ. 
Gettysburg, Pa. 




THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 21, 1928 



39 









HOME AND FAMILY 



3 



Great-Grandfather's New Testament 

BY URSULA MILLER 
Brown, and more than a century old, 
My hoary New Testament! 
Crinkly and mellowed as sunset gold, 
This gift that the past has lent. 
The once-white page of the treasured Book 
Is crispish and saffron brown ; 
Two clasps still cling with a sturdy look. 
To the Book the years brought down. 
The German words stand living and clear, 
Like life in a ruined town- 
Like desert flowers abloom. I revere 
Those inspired Words of renown. 
My heart yearns for great-grandfather gone 
Long years to eternity ! 
But my hope yearns for th' Eternal One 
That the Book reveals to me ! 
Hesston, Kans. —•-. 



Deeds of Kindness 






BY D. E. CRIPE 
Unexpected Help 

They spent their leisure hours walking the streets of 
the city together in search of a modest little hous,e in 
which they could establish a home, cheerful and happy 
as newly mated birds. Both had been working and 
saved a little for such a time as this, and now he 
insisted that she be free from all else and become a 
keeper of the house. They meant to be economical 
still and work up to something a little better, and for 
this reason they looked for a small, modest house. 

They found a little two-room house pushed back on 
the alley, that seemed cozy and homelike, but by 
comparison with the imposing residences around it, it 
appeared almost like a toy house made to play in. A 
large, elegant mansion stood so near on the street be- 
fore it that in the early morning its shadow would 
darken their doorway. This grieved them a little but 
they decided not to be scared away by the shadow of 
a house. 

Here they were happy as the day was long, and wor- 
ried not because others had a more costly house to live 
in, or could wear more expensive clothes than they. 
It' was not long until they learned to know by sight 
the people who lived in the house which overshadowed 
theirs, though they had no acquaintance with them. 
The man was one of the successful business men of 
the city. They had a bunch of pretty, healthy, cheerful 
children, and the mother always seemed to be busy. 
Many times of an evening the entire family went 
riding in a shining limousine. As these young people 
loved children their mirth and noise disturbed them 
not, and'they often took delight in watching them at 
their play from their own window. 

In the course of time a baby came to this humble 
little house and then their cup of joy was full indeed. 
However, the little one seemed dissatisfied and fretted, 
and it became evident that the nourishment they gave 
was not what he wanted and needed, and did not agree 
with him. By the doctor's help they changed from one 
thing to another, but every food they tried failed to 
satisfy him. He fretted and pined away. They felt 
assured -that unless something else was found the 
baby could not be with them long. Only those who 
have passed through a similar experience can know the 
pang and sadness which comes when a beloved and, 
only child is slipping away. Having tried everything 
the doctor suggested they waited in hopeless agony, 
caring for the fretful child. 

One day they were very much surprised when the 
shadow of the mothef from the big house darkened 
their doonvay. In a few words she told them she had 
heard their baby was not doing well and she had come 
to see if there was not something which could he 
done for him. Her gentleness and sympathy soon 
melted away the awe they had felt in her presence in 
their little room. She said her own children were al- 
ways healthy and grqw rapidly, and she could not see 
any reason their, little one should not do the same. 
For several days this neighbor spent many hours help- 



ing care for the fretting baby, and trying to find some- 
thing which would satisfy him. But all seemed of no 
purpose and did no good. 

" I know of only one thing more to try," she said 
when all hope seemed gone, and they were in despair. 
" If you will let me, we will try him on my breast. It 
can do no harm and it may be what he wants." The 
grieving parents were surprised beyond measure at 
such an offer, and gladly consented. 

The fretting baby began to nurse, soon nursed 
greedily, and then fell into a restful sleep, which he 
had not done for days. 

" Now I will go home and look after my own 
brood," the helpful mother said. "When the baby 
wakes up and begins fretting again bring him over and 
we will feed him again." 

" But will he not rob your own baby?" the young 
mother asked, hesitating at her generous offer. 

" My baby is old enough to eat a little and take milk 
from the bottle," she replied. " Surely my little girl 
will not begrudge this wee fellow what he needs to 
save his life. Bring him over." 

For several days the baby was taken to the big house 
for his meals, and no longer worried and fretted, but 
seemed content. 

"There is no use carrying him back and forth so 
much," the generous mother said. " Leave him here 
and I will care for him and feed him when he gets 
hungry. When you can get away from your work 
come over and help me look after him." This worked 
very well but it was not long until the supply was not 
sufficient for both babies. 

" I'll wean my baby," the unselfish mother said. 
" She will do all right on the bottle and other food, 
then we can give the little fellow a good start." She 
did this and the baby that came so near starving to 
death began to grow and was content and cheerful. 
The parents were happy and grateful beyond the power 
of words to tell. 

" The shadow of that big house," they said to each 
other, " has proved to us, ' Like the shadow of a great 
rock in a weary land.' " 

And yet, one of these women was poor, one rich. 
They did not move in the same society. They were 
not members of the same church. The woman who 
had shown herself so generous had not been taught to 
show charity to those of other faiths. Yet, " Blessed 
are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." 
Chico, Calif. 



none, but such as I have give I thee. In the name of 
Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." 

He was told to do the impossible. He was healed, 
not gradually, but instantly. There have always been 
records of physical healing, both in the Scriptures and 
in the history of the church. Their authenticity is a 
matter of opinion, but this case leaves no chance for 
doubt. The only thing we do not know is how much 
the man's faith had to do with the result. Would the 
impossible have happened if his attitude had been that 
of the average person who asks help? Was there 
anything impossible in his faith, or, rather, are such a 
faith and its results impossible today? 

That side of the story we shall never know, but we 
know that it would be a wonderful thing if every sick 
soul could be ready for the command to do the un- 
expected, the seemingly impossible, the thing which 
everybody says cannot be done. We never know what 
can be done until we rise to the kind of faith that this 
man had. There is nothing different in the principle 
which controlled this healing from the principle which 
may be employed at any time. " The God of Abra- 
ham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fa- 
thers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; ... and his 
name, through faith in his name, hath made this man 
strong, whom ye see and know." 
Kansas City, Mo. 



At the Beautiful Gate of the Temple 

BY OLIVE A. SMITH 

There is no more dramatic incident recorded than 
that of the beggar who was carried to the Beautiful 
Gate of the temple and healed by Peter, as he and 
John were on their way to prayer. The man was thirty- 
eight years of age and he had never, walked. There 
was no hope that he could ever walk. His mind was 
adjusted to that condition and he knew, in all reason, 
that he would never be anything but a beggar. We 
wonder whether he was attracted particularly by the. 
aspect of the disciples, or whether he appealed to them 
automatically, as is the habit of those who ask aid 
indiscriminately. We have no reason to assume that 
he was a beggar at heart; for, in those times it was 
hardly possible for an afflicted person to keep up an 
existence in any way except by begging. It is our 
Christian civilization, faulty though it is, which makes 
it possible for such a person to be in the industrial 
world today. 

There mav have been a bit of psychology in the 
command of Peter, " Look on us." If this helpless 
person had looked at the faces of the crowd about him. 
if he had seen the doubt and, possibly, the sneers, if 
his confidence bad been weakened by the distracting 
influence which emanates from the presence of others, 
he might not have been healed. But, beggar though he 
was and hardened it may be so that he was no longer 
sensitive to the feelings of others, he did as he was 
told He gave his undivided attention to the man who 
had an answer to his appeal, and he heard the strang- 
est most unexpected words. " Silver and gold have I 



The Child in Our Midst 

BY ISABEL McPHERSON 

As I was thinking on this topic an expression, which 
perhaps originated during the World War, came into 
my mind. " The world moves forward on the feet of 
little children." As we look at these children in our 
midst today, helpless and needing our guidance and 
protection, we may say that this seems impossible; but 
a few years will reveal a different outlook, for the 
children of today arc the ones to do the things of 
tomorrow. If we, who are doing the things of today 
were to consult our mothers, they would invariably say 
that it seems only a few short years since we were 
children in arms. 

A short time ago I listened to the address of a man 
who seemed to see a dark future. The world getting 
into a worse condition as time goes on. But he dis- 
missed the picture of the future from his mind with 
the thought that we are responsible only for the day 
in which we live. Is it true? Can we get out from 
under so easy as all that? Does our influence cease 
to live when our activities are over? I can more readi- 
ly a«ree with the one who said : " The hand that rocks 
the cradle rules the world." Our influence does reach 
out into the future long after we have passed from 
the scene of action. 

If this be true, then what a great responsibility, 
privilege and opportunity lie with the parents and 
teachers of the child of today. What kind of arizen 
shall this child be? 

There are those who put great stress on heredity as 
influencing the character of the child. Every child 
has a right to be born into a Christian home and of 
good parentage. 

Another important factor in the life of the child is 
that of environment. Some there are who stress 
heredity as the greatest factor; others stress environ- 
ment We believe that each has an important place 
in the life of the child and it behooves us as parents 
to provide our children with the best possible moral 
and Christian environment. 

In a rather unhappy frame of mind, a professional 
man spoke of how professions and bus.ness are 
founded on honesty or dishonesty. He had founded 
his profession on honesty, was devoted, yet saw others 
with less scruples plunge ahead to greater populanty 
and financial success. Be that as it may, let us remem- 
ber that when we come to the end of the journey o 
life, there is but one thing we can take with us. All 
popularity and success, however gained, w, 11 be laid 
aside and we will take with „s-character. Just char- 
acter. Mothers and fathers, let us teach our ch.ldren 
so they will develop real character. 
Dayton, Ohio. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-January 21 



1928 



AMONG THE CHURCHES^ 



Calendar for Sunday, January 22 

Old Testament. * * * * 

Gains for * e Kingdom 

One baptism in the Bethel church, Nebr 
Three baptisms in the Wiley church, Colo. 
Two baptisms in the Emmet, church, data. 
Two baptisms in the Glendcra church, Cahf 
One baptism in the Lakeland church, For da, 
Two baptisms in the Indianapolis church, Ind. 
Two baptisms in the Norristown church, Pa 
nm more baptisms in the Haxtun church Co£ 

Two baptisms in the North Spokane church W h. 

Eigt , baptisms in the Claysburg church, Pa.. Bro. 
^r^rhrtwoodber, church, Baltimore, Md., 
Bro S P. Early, pastor-evangelist. 

Nine baptisms in the Castine church, Ohio. Bro. R. O. 
Shank of Huntington, Ind., e.angehst. 

Three baptisms in the Little P.n« church, N. C, 
W. H. Handy and N. C. Reed, evangelists. 

0„ baptism in the Bachelor Run c »A ta Bro. J. 
„j Tll^r,, of North Manchester. Ind., evangelist. 

evangelist. * * * * 



■ , .t „pek wc received word of the 
Too late for mention last week Monday, 

dcat h of Bro. E. S. Gregory of °'>" W ^ „ as in the 

Jan. 9. We have no par ttcu 1 r, Br o Greg^v^. ( 
prime of life and one of the lcane , „ ie 

Bro. .» H. Fran,* is ^f ;>h^ Hcckmatt laves to 
Fruita church, Colo., as Br o I ■ H™^ ^^ Br0 . 
begin his teaching work at ; bemg 

Heckman's family,,, 1 remain t F™. a£ ^ ^ ^ 

Bro. Virgil ^T^the^a! five o'clock vesper serv- 
,he interest and profit of the Wca aIJpre ciated. 

ice . His illustrated tobacco 1c Cure « jn(1 

It is a forceful presentation of the truth by (he 

ought to he seen and heard everywhere, 
boys and girls. £ co „grc- 

Bro . j. w. Lear is not unknown to ™ my ^ ^ 

gallons as a pulpit and platf orn s *«*«• wllo „ ork 

office at the ^^rl t \r i u«sages P His sermon 
there seldom have a chance mo rning on the 

^^y^e^mf^^ipwL characteristically 

^I, M.Henry of the Genera, V-^*-^ 
articles on page thirty-six of this issue ^ 

matters of special interest to our readers 1 some 

cle (What About Nicaragua? ou - erica „ Con 

r „mors regarding gjgj*^^- in which this 
ferencc. In Dr. Libby s . , , just co me to hand, 

article also appears, a copy o wh has ^ ^ 

thc following later infornationsgw^ cor 

Secretary Kellogg on Jan. knowledge of 

spondents that the State Department had no ^ ^ 

a„ effort to **-?*^ &%&£* °< »* 
Gavry Rlvas, and that with ' '* , , nothi „ g l0 do. 

from the Latin-American count rtes .M ha ^ 

T ha, our °»n delegation ha eened^ ^ ^^^ 

b i „T S ,hey e d d o e ta, d c,ar V :p a .he g Nicara g ua situation, the mam 
issue in Dr. Libby's communication. 
* * * * 



Miscellaneous Hems 

what church is credited with one thousand 
Do you know wha ; .. ( , „„ ,hj s 



Our Evangelists 



.k, burden which these laborers carry? Will > 
Will you '''"^^^^"[Sr.ecccs. of dice meeting.? 



Bro. M. A. Jacob, of York, Pa., to begin March 4 in the 
Akron church, Pa. 

Bro. J. W. Rose" of Sebring, Fla., began Jan. 15 in the 
Seneca church, Fla. 

Bro. C. O. Beer, of Martinsburg, Pa., to begin Jan. U 
the church at Rosepine, La. . 

Bro. D. R. McF.dden of La Verne, Calif., to begin Feb. 1 
in the Inglewood church, Calif. 

Bro. C. Eme.t D.vi.. pastor, to begm Jan. 22 u. the 
Wenatchee Valley church, Wash. 

Bro, O. H. Au..in and wife to begin Jan. 18 at Denton, 
Md., and Feb. 12 at Greensburg, Pa. • 

Bro Walter H.rtm.n of Annville, Pa., to begin Jan. 21 in 
lb! Shalkin church, Pa., instead of Bro. Gipe as formerly 
announced. . 

Bro Ralph R. H.tton, the pastor, to begin Feb 12 in the 
Fifst church, Toledo, Ohio, assisted by Bro. M. H. Thomas, 
song leader, of Carey, Ohio. 

* * * * 
Personal Mention 

The Sunday School Secretary is following a closely filled 
schedule of institute work at this time. Beatrice comes 
this week. Blue Ridge next. 

"Am *., trying the study of the Book •**£%£% 

Wednesday evening," writes Bro. D. W. ku , v 

Long Beach. Calif. A good try a. anything as good as 

that is very likely to result in something good. 

■■ We have had a s'eat day in London, a great New Year, 

1 nSt Paul's but at Wesley Chapel, seeing West- 

i.„ I rnuld do that without leaving home. I am auroao 
"a learner." Bro. Winger will tell you more about ,t next . 

" Pro.e..or Ralph W. Sch,o..er, A. M, is the new Presi- 
dent of Elizabe.htown College, succeeding »'^°™' 

t rt'se^r H S^^tttllegetri 
, rTs us B fo Sch" y sser'had served as Dean of the college 
prior t Jan. 1, 1928. when his new duties as President 
began. The new Dean is Professor A. C. Baugher. 

Sister H A. Brub.ker of Oakland, Calif., wishes to tender 

S personal letters to all. She remains at the parsonag 
^-.-"rm^nto^^ru'laTbusy 
helping others. 



D o you know what Ciur en c ^ ^ ^ 

dollars for missions in the list 

paSC? ~ • i „„ the Challenge of Industry for 

T , D n Y P D. article on tlie ^naucubA 

A R « gi o„al Conference under ^J^^Z 
„al Ministerial Board and he Home p rsan 

^ Klr^ tir'^ch for the program ne„ 

W r whe „ ohureh member, c-ose »orld,y pleasur^movies. 
festivals, theaters-have money to take the ^ 

S-^eCl ^church! r^v^race is needed in 

Morris, Sebring. Fla-. is the Uisin t 

. r 1077 78 bav ng succeeded Jos. u. rceis,. 
tary for 1927-^8, navins . r e„ u i r e a correction 

:ort:^one T o;\hc , S"Ye:rb'o^ 

-„^irrrhrS,r=,ouro ff eri„gsfor 
home and foreign missions the past year. 

never betrayed ^ that trust 1 .^.^ thh (ime 

---^inr^ir^^u: 

■ o ""I llwslS" Into Notes" tells the story of how 
LTive ieadeTship U coming into its own on our mission 

""Even an eaitor is not as gullible'as he may seem to those 

4-i;r d Tta:eXs,S:::t:c:„Snsrr 

as now and then Werro ■ , ld hue them 

:r;r, p r;ta^tXer^- l= t 

I^ d ^,'U m :^- d ap;r:e,a,e credit for 



whathcreiectsaswellascritici^^w^J e swa"ow, 
wT^of P p X«^^-^ 

not the ones who should read it. 

* * * * 
Special Notices 

The Welfare Board hasa ™Jg*£g?Zj££ 

^XsIdtSn~elSr:C, 3 ^. Market 
^r^ont r er, r w,„behehfi,^Fi.Church 

-SLtT«- «kc to know more ^-med.a, 
work in India should send to the General M.SSKU. 

Elgin. „.., for » "^^-tTnd .' The m-erials here 
Junior League Brings Health to inm „, Mrs . 

rnLr.nd ^^ed^l^nberg-al, of whom have 
^foreui'I mission e.perience^ ^ ^■^ r ch 
this booklet are designed especially or use du g^ 
rf this year, though they won d ce tarnly PP ^ 

for use at any time you want to put on 
in mission study for Jpniors. . 

^ M U church of Middle Indiana will hold reded - 
The Markle church 01 mi Bonsack IS 

cation services on Sunday. Jan. 22 Bro. ^ ^ 

,o be our speaker for the day Three se v ^ 

- 2 "■^ d r r^i^rSitarmglhLhes 

^S'mt^^^S 
sir C Chu cl o the Brethren, North Manchester Ind on 
I lav Ian ,2' While primarily a laymen's meeting the 
Sunday, Jan. {■- "" » nutript are urged to 

-S=»:E=H;=^='~: 

first session will be in the alien p„„: b ilities of Lay- 

will be four helpful addresses on . Th , Po,.* U.t ^ 

men, and special music at this m e ng 
.here will be a fellowship supper provide a nom 

There will be special "-".^^S^. of Mak- 
Commission to All Laymen The PerO ^ an ^ ^ 

of the District will attend the evening meeting. 

Mission Receipts for Wednesday, January 11 



^— column: 
Each week I 

of the busines 



L r n „„l Mission Board will report - 
E «h week the G«~r .1 »M. ^ g .,i „ 

'^ ,;' a 7' n Sc week will be selected unt.l a round 
d'avs ol thc week is rerorted. 

Salem, Ohio, $2 for World-wide. 

Kokomo, Ind., $9 for World-wide. 

Zion, Mich., $2.95 for World-wide 

Pifburg, Ohio, $19 for World-wide. 

Cleveland, Ohio, $4 for World-wide. 

Laton, Calif.. $17.72 for World-wide. 

Rockwood, Pa., $10 for World-wide. 

Pipe Creek, Md., $1.50 for World-wide. 

Huntsdale, Pa., $26.71 for World-wide. 

East Dayton, Ohio, $12 for World-wide^ 

S^u Ridge, Ohio. $11.65 for World-wide. 

Middletown, Ohio. $3 for Foreign Missions. 

North Mill Creek, Va„ $20 for World-wide. 

Waynesboro, Pa.. $1,000 for Africa Mission. 

Warrior, Mark, Pa., $21.26 for World-wide 

First Chicago, 111., $20 for Conference Budget. 

Black SwamP Ohio. $50 for India Share Plan. 

Black River, Ohio. $94.30 for Foreign M,ss,ons_ 

«« 11 Kans $152 54 for Junior League— 1927. 

KSft,» ^r India Boarding School. 

E 1 .:, Chippewa Ohio $5 ££ZaTu7^™ 

bU S..ow», Pa., $7.51 for World-wide ; $28.56 for Home 
Missions. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2 >- ,928 



41 



AROUND THE WORLD 



Memories of the World War 

It is now more than ten years since the close of the World i 
War but the havoc it wrought in some individual lives still 
goes' on Thus General Hines of the Veterans' Bureau re- 
cently stated in his annual report that there were in the 
veterans' hospitals " 12,650 neuropsychiatry patients under 
treatment-the largest number in the bureau's history 
There were 6,626 tubercular patients and 6,191 with general 
medical and surgical disabilities. All but 858 of the patients 
served in the World War military forces." 



Hope for Father 
There is hope for father in the recent statement of Dr. 
Albert E. Wiggam to the effect that it is the married man 
and not the bachelor who gets into "Who's Who." It is 
the hardworking married man who rises to fame and 
fortune. " The likelihood of such an achievement rises with 
the number of children increasing until there are four in 
the family." This rather unexpected statement is supported 
by statistics, according to Dr. Wiggam. And yet, to men 
who have experienced the steadying, exacting demands of 
fatherhood there is no great mystery in such findings. 

Honors for Teachers in Mexico 

The department of education in Mexico is seeking to 
dignify the teaching profession in that rather backward 
land To this end " teachers dying while in active service, 
or after retirement on pension, or honorable discharge 
from the service, are to be buried with all honors as public 
benefactors, and a guard of honor will take turns watching 
by the bier of each and accompanying the remains to the 
final resting place. The aim of the department of educa- 
tion in paying such honors to teachers is to dignify the 
profession in the eyes of the public and the teachers them- 
selves " There are other and perhaps more enlightened 
lands that might follow Mexico's example in the matter ol 
her new attitude toward teachers. 

City Taxes Going Up 

A recent bulletin of the United States Bureau of Census 
indicates in some detail of how city taxes have gone up in 
the last ten years. "In Chicago in 1926, the last year 
covered by the statistics, the levy per capita was $33.26 as 
compared with $50.77 in 1925 and $22.39 in 1917. These fig- 
ures cover the government of the city proper and a so in- 
dependent school districts, sanitary districts, park dis- 
tricts and other independent districts practically coex- 
tensive with the city, not excepting the "«*£■ ■ ' 
Chicago's $53.26 tax levy per capita during l«6wu 
eighth from the highest of fourteen clt.es over 500,000 
population covered by the government's survey New 
York's was $58.05, Philadelphia's ^ was $43.49, Detroit s was 
$62.67, and Cleveland's was $52.17." 

" Oh, to Be in England " 
The absent English are doubtless not sighing just now for 
their homeland with quite the vehemence of the poet who 
wrote the line at the head of this paragraph. The reason 
for this is that England has lately had more than her usual 
share of attention from the weather man. Londoners re- 
cently experienced the coldest days they had seen in thirty- 
two years. Still more recently a terrific gale drove the 
tides up the estuary of the Thames River, with the result 
that the backed up river overflowed embankments and 
flooded many of the best known sections of England s 
greatest city. Thus the Tower of London was flooded at 
one stage of the high water. A number of lives were lost 
and great property damage done. The Tate gallery suffered 
heavily from the flood waters, the damage to the pictures 
being estimated at $7,500,000. "To be in England now, 
one would certainly not see the April scenes which in- 
trigued the poet's thoughts. 



is to make French university life more than just a matter 
of studies-to touch the social life as well through some 
up-to-date solution of the housing problem. Said one mem- 
ber of the commission : " Our aim is to create an inter- 
national melting pot of intellectuals. In each of the national 
houses a percentage of accommodations will be reserved 
for French students, and those displaced will be distributed 
among the other national houses. Only dormitory accom- 
modation will he permitted in the national houses, but for 
social intercourse a central recreational building is to be 
established, where all shall meet and mingle. Each house 
will be self-governed, and a central governing body will 
have authority over the whole community." Provision for 
a student city of 8,000 population is visioned by the com- 
mission. The national dormitories are to be constructed by 
responsible national bodies of the various countries upon 
sites donated by the French government. 

Outgrowing the Monroe Doctrine 
The Latin American nations are coming to feel that the 
Monroe Doctrine should be superseded by some under- 
standing more in keeping with their present dignity ami 
resources. Mexico seems to be leading in crystallizing this 
sentiment, and a member of the Mexican Commission to the 
Pan-American Conference is quoted as having outlined 
present Latin American feeling as follows: "It is not pro- 
posed to declare war on the Monroe Doctrine, which we 
recognize has been a safeguard for Latin American nations; 
but rather to produce something equally important and 
more fitting for the present interests and dignity o the 
great Latin American nations. If the interests of all na- 
tions are fully guarded in an international union the doc- 
trines therein presented would naturally largely tend to 
supersede the Monroe Doctrine, which has served its day, 
since today we Latins do not need the protection of the 
United States against Europe. An all-Amer,can union, 
headed by the United States and including the Latin Amen- 
can nations, would offer a front which no European nation 
would care to face." 



THE QUIET HOUR 



» for tli* W<s?kly Devotional Meeting Or for 
PrayorfnJ, Private Meditation. 



Christian Giving 









Student Problem in Paris 
A French educational commission is spending some time 
in the United States in special investigation of the housing 
situation for students. American universities are large, 
even if they are not ancient, and what their officials have 
learned about the care of students is of value to the 
European educators who are now facing this special prob- 
lem. According to the spokesman of the French commis- 
sion the student population of Paris has more than doubled 
during recent years. Before the War there were 13,000 
students in the universities of Paris; today there are more 
than 32,000 students. Foreign student groups in Pans are 
large and the commission hopes to develop an international 
melting pot for intellectuals at the Cite Universitaire de 
Paris. The removal of some fortifications has made possi- 
ble an ample campus for this Parisian university. At the 
same time funds are in hand for the building of dormitories. 
A part of the new housing plan seems to be to encourage 
the building of national houses, nine of which have already 
been built. The nations thus represented on the campus 
are Great Britain, Argentine, United States, Japan, Hol- 
land, Sweden, Spain, Canada and Belgium. The purpose 



Diseases of Middle Age 

In the last 300 years the average life span is said to have 
been doubled, or increased from thirty to sixty years. How- 
ever the outlook for the man of fifty has remained prac- 
tically unchanged. Which is to say that medical science 
has made great gains in its warfare against the *■««« £ 
childhood, meanwhile little progress has been male m the 
prevention and treatment of the ills o middle life The 
natural result of such a situation is that the death rat? 
of degenerative diseases has been steadily on the increase. 
Today the highest mortality rates are no. for tuberculo ^ 
diphtheria, scarlet fever and typhoid fever as ,n 1870 ,1k 
leading cause of death today is heart disease That ,s, 
he average of human life has been so prolonged that more 
nd more death is coming through the wearing out of 
some organ, most frequently the heart on account of the 
train it must bear. Obviously, the next place for medica 
science ,0 seek ,0 prolong life is a, the pom, where «,r 
mortal bodies begin to fail. With this in mind Albert D 
Lasker and his wife have given the University of Chicago 
the sum of $1,000,000 as a foundation for the study of the 
auses. nature, prevention and cure of »<*« 
diseases And there is a sound economic reason for sucl, 
procedure since saving the middle aged mean, lengt « 
the life span of those who have in general come to the age 
o greatest efficiency. This is especially true in the field o 
intellectual endeavor where long periods of preparation are 
"quired and the knowledge gained by experience is of 
special value. " ' 

Industry and Scholarship* 
The Union Trust Company of Detroit Mich., has pio- 
neered in interesting ambitious young people m current social 
and economic problems through the annual offer of a num- 
lit of substantia, scholarships. The scholarships are 
offered to high school seniors of three Michigan court .= 
through the medium of an essay contest on some sub.ee 
Sued by the company. Regarding the inspiration and 
purpose of the plan "Christian Education" says: In 1908 
a very little space was required for the company's business, 
od a forty^tory building, covering a whole block is m 
course of erection. During this period great and lasting 
„s, tu.ions have been created and many new social prob- 
ed have been revealed in the city's life. Large economic 
roll m have grown thick and fas. and the need for some 
POP laTand simple education for a population assembled 
S every quarter of the globe was felt nowhere more 
Zselv than by the financial institutions seeking to give 
honest service. Besides this, was the problem of obtaining 
;,:;,igen« .,»»» 8 People for the service of these institutions 
and the vast business enterprises of the city. It was also 
1 y appreciated that .here were many young people m ou 
high schools wi.h ambi.ions that made them capable o 
making good use of a college training. In order to serve 
he ends, under the inspiration of Mr Blair .he Union 
Trust Company decided to offer five scholarships of the 
value of $1,000 each. The scholarships were competitive 
and were to be awarded to the five senior students in the 
high schools of Oakland. Macomb and Wayne Counties 
(Detroit is in Wayne County) who submitted the best es- 
says on topics designated by the Trust Company. This 



1 Cor. 16: 1-7 

For Week Beginning January 29 
EVERY. MEMBER GIVING 
"" Let everyone of you lay by him in store." Pennies from 
millions have built up mighty fortunes. Continents are 
made of tiny grains of soil. Millions of widows' mites are 
solider support for the cause of Christ than the handsome 
endowments of the rich. Let every one give' (Mark 12:41- 
44). 
PROPORTIONATE GIVING 

" As God hath prospered him." Increased wealth is dan- 
gerous unless proportionate giving keeps us mindful of our 
debt to God (Luke 12:48). 
SYSTEMATIC GIVING 

"Upon the first day of the week." Unless the Lord's 
work makes an early and regular demand upon our in- 
comes it is apt to be crowded out by clamorous physical 
wants (Acts 20:7; Ex. 23:19). 
ADMINISTERING THE GIFT 

" Whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will 
I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem." Those 
who give are ,o administer the gift. Giving is an act of 
worship. We give unto the Lord. Out of this act of 
consecration arises the responsibility of those who ad- 
minister and use the funds given (Jas. 1 : 17). 
THE HUMAN TOUCH 

" And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me." 
The giving of silver is a cold and formal business at best. 
The touch of a hand, a look of sympathy answered by one 
of gratitude, hearts that beat in unison— with these giving 
of money becomes fellowship (Rom. 1: 10-13). 
GIVING AND RECEIVING 

"To bring your liberality unto Jerusalem." Jerusalem 
had given Christ to Corinth. It is altogether fitting that 
Corinth help Jerusalem in her hour of need. Thus it always 
is. Benefits are exchanged. We arc debtors to those to 
whom we give (Rom. 1:14; 1 Cor. 9:16). 
DISCUSSION 
When giving to mission work in foreign lands how can 
we keep up something of the human touch? 

When I give to a beggar or pagan, horf can it be said 
that I receive something from him? R. H. M. 



scholarship work has called out much interest on the par 
of other large banking institutions throughout the United 
States Even Australian bankers have asked for informa- 
tion about the plan. As to the use of the funds thus won we . 
read- "The winners choose the college or university where 
they intend to study. The Union Trust Company places the 
$1 000 won in trust with the respective college authorities 
The use of the fund is entirely between sucl. authorities and 
the student. The Union Trust Company expects no more 
than that it be employed in his or her best interests. 

Where Immigrants Are Wanted 

Five million immigrants from Europe-such is said to be 
,|,c minimum estimate of Brazil's immediate immigra ion 
,Keds. To North Americans such an attitude toward aliens 
nay seem strange since our immigration policy has been 
tightening up of recent years. However, Brazil is a very 
hrge count ry, being considerably larger than the United 
States exclusive of Alaska. Only the coastal regions are 
settled The vast interior is rich in natural resources which 
even the Brazilians" realize they can not "ves emo, 
wd 1 out the capital and labor of others to aid them. Hence, 
to develop this country's great west the Brians are look- 
!„g to Europe and North America for both funds and man 

power. 

Where the Dollars Go 

The federal government has taken distribution censuses 
The lerai g th< , se f< , turns „ 1S 

Lesser amounts go for a long usi o 

Atlanta 28.05; ^™'JTT2* "O.lar expended 
his own spending. 






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1928 



John's Baptism 

(Continued From Page 35) 

T „tion and ascension c. J«. ^J^ 
baptism ot John (Acts 18. «j,, « ... 

i be remembered that this -s a-ng the G 
til es where Paul had been Reaching and gning 
necessary instruction regarding the form ot d p 
Z ht £ Jesus. It wou.d be ^*^"J™ 
version and trine immersion, b s t m , „ ^ 

^'^^s-^elrrassin.as^ha. 



^edintheUp^ — ---S 
"wThave no direct information relating to the 

Holy Ghost." 

Sebring, Fla. '■ ^ 

Thoughts on Tolerance 

BV sam'l h. hertzlee 
Ih the Gospel Messenger of December 10, page 
802 there is an article headed "Tolerance, which 
rives me a est for a sermonette. The illustration of 
different reports, as to what was contained in the bum- 
t! bunding', by different eyewitnesses does not ogre - 
the case of two people of equal intel- 



r«,. The other may refrain from voting but 
:,o P : oi c— tne o/e who votes. Tolerance is 
shouio noi however, tolerance runs to 

TdTel a churc^ha: lost our distinctivene- 
ss such as feet-washing, the L-f » ^"r 
non-swearing, non-litigation, etc., and our excuse 
a separate! organization ceases. 
Elizahcthiowm, Pa- 



CORRESPONDENCE 




if '"" T'the'situation as embarrassing as we have , to the case ot two ^« - -• -" has duced her 

have made the situa .on m y ^^ mterpretatI0ns on the sane ^ ^ ^ 

U in these modem days when «e s hen p . The opportumty for careful do not consider it 

regarding the different forms of tap. sn pas sa o P admitted to have been vf y , neir , ivcs might , 



T^^"^^^^- oC^^ffrew^d^edto^ta^ 
J^Tf"ve tapped "unto Jo^s taptism/' , imited . This is not true in the application of ng 

iv horn 



Id of the twelve baptized unto juuu. ? "-r-— urn. 
Paul after proper instruction "taphzed- This „ 



^1^^;^™ of John's baptism was,,. 
faM but it does probably mean that the twelve had 
re eted the rite at the bands of some unauthorized 
pers o, who had failed to instruct them V^'M 
'herefore has nothing to do with the subject being 
treated in this article. But to proceed. 

If it was understood in the early centuries of the 
Christian era that lohn practiced single immersion, 
£ it j « us and his apostles were baptized in that way 
and that Apollos in his preaching knew only single 
nlrsion, ft seems very strange indeed I that «ho 
introduced single immersion a few hundred years later 
did not in defense of their new form of bapt, m refer 
to the practice of John. Such a course would have 
been regarded as a tremendous argument in suppo 
of the single immersion as introduced by Eunom.us 
about A. D. 360. . 

If it had been a recognized fact that single immer- 
sion was the mode employed by John and trine im- 
mersion the form taught by Jesus the writings of the 
early church fathers would have bristled with state- 
ments and arguments relating to the purpose and 
efficacy of the two forms of baptism. But as it is, all 
ancient history is a unit as to trine immersion being 



Now on the subject of tolerance, in a Mm 
wffl be admitted by any intelligent person th^there » 
a Hmit, a place where we cease to ^f e ' T " ^ 
evident that no illustration is needed One : c the 
unfortunate statements in the article *?£»£*£ 
it puts "burning at the stake" and d.sfello sh * 
ing " side by side as though they were on an equality, 

he inference being that since we all admit that ^ 

wrong to burn at the stake those who differ with us, 

e might as well admit that it is wrong to disfe. ow- 

ship them no matter what interpretation they put on 

* Now riding the question: Who has the right: to 
interpret? The pope says, "I, and I «&■""« 
agnostic, the atheist and many modernists say that ev 
erybody, that each individual for himself or herself 
h/s this right. The policy of the Church of the Bre h- 
ren is that when individual members differ the Gen 
eral Conference is appealed to and this body gives the 
interpretation. What is the conclusion? As a Roman 
Catholic I accept the interpretation given by the pope. 
As an atheist I am at perfect liberty to put any con- 
struction on the Bible I please or ignore it altogether 
As a member of the Church of the Brethren I accept 



iij ™.™.i^.r;» «-»»;-,"- rr,rr", y ««'5 ■■ ■ - - 



almost univeisai imu^ ... — • 

west down to the thirteenth century, or as Dr. V\ all 
puts it " The way of trine immersion or plunging the 
head of a person three times in the water was the 
general practice of all antiquity." (Wall, Infant Bap- 
tism, Vol. 1, page 592.) 

As regards the form of baptism, or washing for 
proselytes among the Jews, Dr. Wall gives ample evi- 
dence in support of the triple action.' (See pages 23. 
24 601 in volume cited above.) It is also stated in the 
same work (page 578) that the early historians held 
that the threefold form was observed when Jesus was 
baptized, for it is stated : " As the Son of God gave his 
own example to all believers, when he was thrice 



dipped in the waters of Jordan." Speaking of the 
same matter Tertullian about A. D. 200 says: " Nor 
is there any difference between those John baptized in 
Jordan and those Peter baptized in the river Tiber." 
As the Jews were accustomed to the three actions for 
proselyte baptism, it was but natural that they should 
have had no occasion for pointing out any irregularity 
in the triple form of immersion John administered to 
his disciples, to Jesus and those who later became 
apostles. 

The very meaning of the word employed by the 
New Testament writers in describing the rite John ad- 
ministered to the thousands who came to him would 
indicate the repeated action in his form of baptism. 
The Greek baptize, the word employed, means " to dip 
repeatedly" (Liddell and Scott), "to immerse repeat- 
edly" (Donnega), "properly often to dip" (Passo), 
and others that might be quoted. It is the word Jesus 



'all this to do with disfellowshiping? If I am tin 
willing to accept the church's interpretation I thereby 
disqualify myself for membership in the church. For 
instance: the church has interpreted the teaching of 
lesus on the oath as prohibiting us, as members of the 
church, from uniting with any oath-bound secret so- 
ciety If I join the lodge I thereby deprive myself 
from fellowships with the church. The church 
should not then " burn me at the stake " but treat me 
as the apostle admonishes in 2 Thess. 3:6: Now we 
command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus 
Christ that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother 
that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition 
which he received of us." For the church can not con- 
sistently retain in membership those who willfully vio- 
late the conditions of acceptance for membership. 

When we talk of disfellowshiping we must not 
conclude that we must be at enmity with those who 
claim the right to put their own interpretation on the 
Scriptures. This is their privilege, but not in the 
church. No one can both accept and reject the doctrine 
of the church at the same time. He can accept and be 
a member. He can reject and lose his membership. 
He can not reject and retain his membership any more 
than he can be a citizen of two countries at the same 



Now let us take another illustration. I claim the 
right to vote. Another brother differs from me. We 
take the question to Conference. Conference replies 
that this is a matter of conscience. The one who 
wishes to vote may do so but should not become active 



UN.QUE AND .NTEREST.NG BRETHREN 
.„. proper study of niankin/ is man W«d- 

"-£• 2££?£> retaUg X* cntribu- 

a number ot uretnren wuu whose names 

tion5 ,othe weUareandprogre so «lera«^ 

seldom appear in print; yet, when yo _ 

wonder why this is the case. Is t true * hat 

nation we have lost many of ab, 1. ty and gen 

■■When a Dunkard gets into a potion ££* „, 

his brethren begin to suspicion hun . Th ^ has 

made in my hearing a few years ago y 

women of real worth and ability, and J 

amiss, that while they are still with us, 

their lives might" "occasionally be reviewed for the inspua- 

^^.^^I shall from time to time give such 

eras and started to snap pict ures. In. ™ 

entered the government service a, £J***£ „„.„_ {or 

After fourteen years of farthtul an 

the first time in .he history of *«™" ? W as created, 

mmm 

ip her and Engrave^ for tettS. Navy ^^ ^ 

I understand 

™r R e P W,,a.other.^ r sb rh! S S 
rte^darinslan^ntpfLVernorusedm 
the harnessing of that giant ^^^JlLr from 

of Mechanical Engineers. 
_ r. h Renlozle another brother of the same 

Dr. C«or E . B. NW* term ,„ Junia ,a 

family, was born n 18* He wen ^.^ ^ 

College, then after a year *M*"£te * sanitarium at 

T1 C „ rCe A,rS in ta -tenSn work. He studied 

^^««^« 
sanitarium at B*'^ 1 "™ 1 " ta Republic, South 

A me^. a His S X«U^g^r E ntreRios, Argentine. 

family, is a graduate of Jan »U CcJl« being 

in the public schools, he studied law, a 

r/ceived if^^&X'HZt*"' * Wm 
He lives at 1123 Ward St., Berkeley, Calif. 
He M : ,V C. Swi 8 . rt is pa S tor at present^ pother church 
at Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa. M» hc 

SWi r e d out ZtJl™JZ«Z£ com y mon B schoo,s in 

XTthtt^r^t^L.s.a^Atthe 
£S X Lr^Tarly^tory better than Bro. 



,dy gives the v ^ ^^ ^.^ m ^ emp l oye e an. 
What' is the conclusion? As a Roman fey these great united Stat«_c.f^er.ea 






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Swigart. It is an inspiring experience to have him take 
you as a visitor to the old burying ground just back of 
the splendid, remodeled church building and interpret the 
inscriptions on the old tombstones, including the Macks, 
Harriet Livermore (The Unseen Guest of J. G. Whittier's 
Snow-bound) and others. Bro. Swigart has done much 
for the Church of the Brethren in the interest he has taken 
in preserving, rebuilding and enlarging this historic Mecca 
of the Brethren. Prior to her call beyond, his beloved 
companion was President of the National Ladies' Aid 
Society of our church. His daughter, Miss Esther, is 
prominent in our B. Y. P. D. work, and is a real helper 
to scores of girls who come under her supervision in the 
Summer Camps. Bro. Swigart at one time went to the 
country school taught by Joseph Replogle, the first char- 
acter sketched in this series, and was urged by him to 
seek higher training, and equip himself for something real 
big in the world, which he did. O. G. Davis. 

Chicago. 111. -*-* — - 

AN EVANGELISTIC TRIP TO THE NORTHWEST 
During November and December of 1926 and January, 
November and December of 1927 it was our privilege to 
visit and labor with several of the churches in North 
Dakota. Montana, Washington and Idaho. The Lord has 
many faithful workers in the North Dakota churches. 
While these churches have not maintained their former 
strength numerically, they are planning to regain their 
losses caused by emigration and death. 

Too many shepherds have flocks too greatly scattered 
for them to prosper to their satisfaction. The much worn 
soil is being redeemed by seeding to sweet clover and 
alfalfa, so that sheep raising and dairying seem to promise 
great returns and should be inviting to many good 
Brethren wishing to build up homes and churches. 

Kalispell is the only organized Brethren church in Mon- 
tana and is included in the Idaho and Western Montana 
District. Washington has a goodly number of well or- 
ganized churches, and aside from Spokane, they are located 
west and central in the State. Weston, Oregon, including 
Pendleton, as a mission point, is the most northeasterly 
church in that District, leaving a large territory yet un- 
cultivated. Idaho with twelve organizations is aiming at 
much larger results under new methods. L. H. Eby. 

North Manchester, Ind. 



DIARY LEAVES 
Seattle, Wuli, Saturday, Nov. 19 

On Thursday the Sisters' Aid met at our home. I am 
more and more impressed with the working plans of the 
sisters. There is no great exhibition, but there is a per- 
sistent, quiet effort to get things done, with results fol- 
lowing. After all, this patient continuance in a right cause 
is most accepted with the Lord. 

This afternoon Miriam has her group of girls at our 
home; she and the girls are working together and plan- 
ning for what they expect to do. Thus by cooperation and 
leadership will our young folks learn gracefully what they 
must learn some time. 

I am sorry to record, that in spite of all our efforts, our 
Sunday-school is decreasing in numbers. Folks come and 
look into our Sunday-school rooms, and see our present 
situation (we are all doing the best we can), and realize 
what poor facilities we have, and how much of a fire trap 
we have, then modestly tell us they are afraid to send 
their children to be huddled into such quarters. It means 
we will have to provide a new house of worship before 
we can hope to grow. It means we mint build anew as 
soon as possible, and our congregation is neither large nor 
wealthy. 
Warm Beach, Waal, Friday, Dec. 9 

Here is a small neighborhood church, whose Sunday- 
school is one of twenty-five in this part of the State under 
the supervising care of the American Sunday School Union. 
The arrangement they have is that of a Board of Managers, 
or Board of Control, with five persons of differing church 
affiliation, chosen from time to time, as members of the 
Board. These asked me to come and do the preaching for 
a revival meeting. They held a week of prayer meetings 
in the different homes, before the regular meetings began. 
Mrs. Carl Allquist did splendid service in all these cottage 
prayer meetings, teaching, exhorting, praying; also our 
own people and others were active, so that before the 
beginning of the preaching services, several had already 
confessed their determination to follow the Lord. The 
meetings continued every night, with full measure on 
Sunday, for ten days, that is, from Monday 28th November, 
until today. In all twenty-four made the good confession, 
and today, I had the joy of baptizing seven of these in the 
clear cold water which had accumulated in the pasture 
field of Bro. Isaac C. Teeter. Of the others, some inclined 
to think that baptism was not essential, while of the others 
some preferred to wait and think it over or be baptized in 
some other way, according to previous teaching. I urged 
all to talk the matter over at home among themselves, 
read their Bibles, and follow the leading. I purposely 
refrained from preaching on baptism, other than to say 
that I was ready to baptize any who wished to follow the 
Master in this ordinance, even as I have baptized hundreds 
already. To do otherwise would have been to betray a 



trust, as well as to create a desire for argument. Folks 
told me as I came away that they were having throughout 
the community, a better spirit of religion than they had 
ever enjoyed before, and greater unanimity. For this we 
had prayed together. Brethren Holdereed and J. L. Teeter, 
also Mrs. Allquist, preach regularly in the Warm Beach 
community church ; their patient and continued efforts, to- 
gether with the force of Sunday-school workers, made these 
recent meetings possible. May the Lord abide with these 
good people, and may he lead them close and closer to 
himself from day to day. I pressed earnestly the idea of 
making open confession, and then going home, or out into 
the garage or to the woods, or up into the hay mow, or 
elsewhere alone, and there wrestling with the Lord until 
the victory over self was complete. From these meetings 
I believe many got a blessing; I know that I did. 
Seattle, Waah., Friday, Dec. 23 

Home seems never dearer than when one returns after 
having been away a little while. And one's own little 
congregation, to which one ministers every Sunday, as 
the Lord may grant him grace, how valued they become 
to him, a part of his life's largest hope. Their joys become 
his joys, their sorrows his sorrows. When the pastor's 
heart beats in rhythmic sympathy, the heart-beats of the 
congregation will usually be quite complementary. The 
pastor and the congregation— blessed relationship. 

Everywhere is preparation for Christmas. We are hav- 
ing our Christmas program in the church tonight; so also 
arc many of the surrounding churches here in the city. 
This is the State of green trees, of the fir and the pine; 
the Christmas tree is everywhere. The Christmas spirit 
is as fine as I have ever seen it anywhere, a spirit of frank 
brotherliness manifest everywhere throughout the city. A 
woman dropped her pocket book as she was alighting from 
a street car. The conductor, seeing, rang to stop the car 
while he picked up the purse and ran after her saying, 
" Here, lady, you may have need of this for Christmas." 
Many such incidents are being observed. 

I was not able to be present at our tri-monthly ministerial 
meeting in Tacoma, a meeting of the Coast church min- 
istry of Washington, so I sent an essay on "Faith and 
Vision," adding to it another on the "Key-Man in the 
District." These will appear in the "Messenger" presently. 
The favorable comment showed the subjects vital. The 
treasurer of the District reported to that meeting, that as 
a result of the new method adopted, two-thirds as much 
money had come in during the first four monlhs of this 
year as was received during the whole previous year. That 
sounds good. Some think it will not be permanent, but 
we will just quietly wait and see. And meanwhile coop- 
erate. 

Somehow, there are openings more and more for service, 
which fact makes me humbly grateful. I am asked to 
speak to the Commonwealth Club in the Olympic Hotel 
the first Monday night I am free to do so, which will be 
perhaps Jan. 16. Also, I have spoken to the Religious 
Education group, and the Knights of Pythias, which group 
has helped me to a standing invitation to speak over the 
radio any evening, and frequently. I feel like asking those 
who love me to pray the Lord for my special guidance 
as I enter these open doors of special opportunity. 
Friday Night, Dec. 30 

Christmas Spirit seemed everywhere abroad during the 
Christmas time; it is a wonderful thing to sec, to enjoy, 
to participate in. Some one has said that if Christmas was 
the only thing Jesus gave us, his life would have been a 
wonderful success. But this was the little end of it. 
Christmas is incidental, the Spirit of Christmas the sure 
result. As the year is drawing toward its close, I am 
inclined to meditation. May the Lord continue with us, 
.abundantly to bless and make useful all our days. Amen. 
Last night at Council, with two members of the District 
Mission Board, and one of the District Ministerial Board 
present, it was decided to buy a plot of ground and build 
a new house of worship. I wonder where the first thou- 
sand dollars will come from. 

And I have just arranged to speak over the radio next 
Mondav and Tuesday evenings. I think the year should 
begin with prayer, and will therefore speak on prayer. 
It is under the auspices of the Religious Educational As- 
sociation KVL (202.6 meters), 6:15 P. M. If any perma- 
nent arrangement is fixed, I will sure not make a secret 
of it. 



Edmonds, Wash., 29th Nov., 1927. 
My Dear Mrs. Stover; 

I imagine you do not remember me, for I met you 
among a number of others at the noon meeting of Religious 
and Educational Workers. 

I'm sure I should greatly enjoy having a talk with you 
about the people of your church, for they have always 
seemed to me to be more or less related as one large family. 
My father's family were all of them descended from the 
early settlers of America who were members of this church. 
His mother was a lifelong and faithful member. She was 
a Rowland before her marriage to a Slifer. and the names 
of Long, Heflebower, Wolf. Price, Miller, Zuck and others 
are among those of our family. 

Until moving to my present home, I lived near Center 
View, Mo., and have heard a number of the ministers there. 



Among them I remember the names of Witmore. Mohler. 
Hutchison. Eby and others. 

I have wished to get more historical knowledge of the 
people who represent this church, one of the finest bodies 
of Protestant people of their own or any age. I have two 
books, one of them entitled, "Some Who Led," and the 
other, the "History and Doctrine of the Church of the 
Brethren." They do not give a satisfactory background 
to the causes that led to the organization of the church. 
I shall try to attend your church some time, but my 
husband is in the city all week and so on Sunday likes 
to stay at home, so I do not often leave home on that day. 
Very sincerely yours. 

Mrs. G. W. 
Storiei of the Brethren 

1. "John McClane, as I knew him, lived in the Dakotas. 
He told me that he volunteered to serve in the Civil War, 
was in the thickest of the fight, but would never speak 
of it. In Illinois he came into contact with the Brethren; 
he began to study his Bible and became intensely inter- 
ested; then he began to fast and pray also that he might 
be led into the true light, continuing in the fast for 18 days. 
After this he united with the Church of the Brethren, as 
he felt this group of Christians to be nearest the Bible. 
In course of time he was elected to the ministry. In 
Dakota, where I knew him, he was a faithful Christian, a 
great walker, and never late to services. The story of his 
life would, if it were written, make very interesting read- 
ing."— Harvey Bowgardncr, Warm Beach, Dec. 8, 1927. 

2. During the revival I was holding at Warm Beach. 
Wash., the Bunton boys, with others, turned to the Lord. 
Five young men came to the front together one evening 
and confessed their readiness to follow the Master, and 
their faith in him. Next day I called on Mrs. Bunton, a 
warm-hearted Southern Baptist woman from Tennessee. 
She was a bit doubtful of the sincerity of her own boys, 
and had told them so. The night they came forward she 
went to bed before they came home; when they came home 
they sat down together and began singing hymns, while 
a sister played the organ. Mother, hearing this, arose and 
dressed and came out and sang the glad songs with her 
children. She knew something real had taken place, for 
the desire to sing hymns was unusual. After a while 
they all prepared to retire for the night, and the mother 
was about asleep when she heard the sound of solemn 
voices in the next room; it sounded like prayer. She 
could not stand that, but arose, and again going to where 
the boys were, now earnestly beseeching the Lord to have 
mercy on them, joined them in their prayers. Though 
unaccustomed to praying, the boys continued in prayer un- 
til midnight, mother praying with them. Bless the Lord 
for such mothers. Their boys usually come out all right. 
And how well this fits in with the teaching of Jesus; they 
confessed openly, then went home and prayed through. 
Jesus says: "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy 
closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy 
Father which is in secret" (Matt. 6: 6, 7). 

3 The most remarkable experiences that have come 
under my observation have been through the past several 
years with respect to the healing of Sister Margaret Fox 
first of pneumonia, later of mastoids, and in October of 
this year, she was healed of asthma. She is subiect to 
asthma troubles. The struggle, on this occasion, for breath 
and life was so strenuous that it affected her heart, and 
(she lay very near death's door. We thought she was 
dying; she was unconscious for six or seven hours; a group 
of us met in her home for prayer; then we anointed her; 
immediately she awoke, began to amend, in a few days 
she was up, and now she is as well as usual. Sister Fox 
is a woman of great faith, but she testifies that her healing 
in this last instance was not a result of her faith, as she 
was unconscious of what was being done for her until the 
service was about completed.-I. J. Sollenberger, Aurora, 
Colo., Dec. 12, 1927. 

4 Bro Paul Mohler, while visiting with us the other day, 
incidentally told me the following bit of personal history: 
"Grandfather Samuel Mohler. living in Covington Ohio, 
was a faithful deacon, the adviser and counsellor of many, 
and on all church matters. An election for minister came, 
and the brethren called him aside to ask his advice, for 
two brethren had received nearly all the votes, and they 
were about equally divided. His advice was to install them 
both. Then the brethren, following the adv.ee given, read 
off the two names in the open meeting-Samuel Mohler 
and his son. S. S. Mohler. Of course, this was a surprise 
to grandfather Mohler, but both were duly ins ailed then 
and there. For many years he served there as elder of the 
congregation, and for thirty years after his death, many 
good people spoke of how the church prospered under 
Uncle Sammy." Wilbur B. Stover. 

130 N. 78th Street, Seattle. Wash. 



FIRST IMPRESSIONS 

After a refreshing furlough we find ourselves located 
and in the work at Ahwa. This is a beautiful, wooded, 
mountainous station in the Dangs Forests. It is not an 
easy journey getting here, but one soon forgets the tedious 
journey and rejoices to be here to help and live among 
these tribes of needy people. 

(Continued on P»g« *6) 



44 



Notes From Our Correspondents 



icd Fri 



, Tagc 



Christmas morning th, Sunday-school gave » » : Cj» *«"»; 
Food, clothing and S*> '" "■"» > " "., „,„siah Our pns.o,, fc 
c.ening the ehoir »•« » ,""'"?- L ', v as ■ .peiikerl I" tas 
Kum. has been in great demand m .he e y .. J, ,„„,,_«„. 

appeared belore man, group, and to. «■■ 

JR. Trimmer, Long Beach, Cal.l., Jan. 3. ^ A 

Reodley.-Ou, Thanksgiving *I°*£ m ™ ^,100 under .he leader- 
group of young people ol .he Emptf. e-jMj^ _ ^^ 
ship of Ihe.r paa-or. Bro. J. JJJ ^ ■ W(| „,„„„„,„„ „„ Nov. 

program here Nov- 21- ' " L n " ' . Several adjo ning churches 
I was enjoyed by *ve',.n. >»« n. '.1 hSS* officiated. Dec. 10 
were represented Bro. 1. U l"'""'" . K „ „, chosen clerk and 
the church me! in conned. Pro. S ... nl , . K member, ol 

Si,.., Mar, RUP".. 5l '""' B " ,,,'"",' °n .he evening ol Dec. 11 
,he Junior League opened *»' -'»'"„, ,„ bc used for .he 

Si." ^'""™^%£^ - -£' on 
Dec. IS at the morning scrv !"; . . veninR nf the 25th, consislmg 

ffasrs 1 est* s^ms «* ■« - s "- y 

by a i.d,e,' chorus.-Nadine Keller. Reedley. Cal.f.. Jan. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 21, 1928 

„i „,-lr n.i.1 sound Gospel teaching such as we 
.be influence J.lr«-' - wle" Idaho.' Dec. Id. 
now enjoy. -Emma N- »"«'. . . 

,, i. r thank of Fru iland, Idaho, came lo mis 
Winchester.- U ro. K.G Shank « I • Dc c. 11 relal.ves and 

church Nov M and held mec'tug. »"" ' "J Lch ,„ a „ a ,„l ,vilc to help 
friends ga.hc.ed at the tome 01 » JJ> T , it , tc rcst was good 

celebra.c their golden wedding ■•" "> , Three 

|„ ,he meetings although the attend. "'" n "*„" was a day long lo 
were bap.ired and one was reclaimed J"<. ' ,,„ ch „„„ wl ,h 

f ITSS 1 ., 1":.S slices' „. 6: ,»P u M. J™ 
Sanh'st^ciT serTon was * ^g^^SSLS'^^ 
school rendered a program on Chr.s.mas 
Winchester, Idaho. Dec. 20. 

ILLINOIS 



ith 



COLORADO 



eonneil Dec 21 with Bro. Roy E. Miller 

Rocky F=rd church me ... conn 1 DC Bro. Roy 

presiding. I hurch officers w ere c "^ ' .,.,, r ight. church clerk i 

E. Miller being reelected elder, Bro. Eugene " > h , cor „. 

Si„er A"naTa,he,m, ^Messenger agen.^the wr.ter 

p„, on , week's program ° «"' 'X',.,,. adeeming and basket 
fie," Member, irom Cro.vlcy and Wiley- ..ere privileged to en.oy the 

t'dre-w'Vuler o^ciaS ^£|^« , S.J. 
o, ! v„ed P SS. ".he^e-n. cache's o, the ci.y J," - *-» 

a live Sunday-school which is doing B»*t«» h lt „j M 

group of young people and hey deserve much cred, fo. ■ P ^ 

Z^'tLTJS^, ^T^JC- a nnmber.-Mrs. Jessie 
V. Bish. Rocky Ford, Colo.. Jan. 4. 

young people who are away ... sc n. i a ^ 

Our Christmas pageant. The Hea.eoly M''-l[ii U Brubaker. 
audience both Sunday and Monday even.ngs.-Mae 
Lamar, Colo., Jan. 5. 

FLORIDA 
Cl™.id. Mi.sion.-On Dee. 25, 1927, B,o. '^^^^"^ 

? . '^ie's On Chri.mas Day they accompanied us to a point m 
EEToSSSZ are blld and where Bro Mm.. . prejebe^a 

V?$te£JS?2. .^vYdTtrCb,"L?.'dinne, .These peonj, 
Td one other preaching point about four miles away. Bro. Fisher .. 

Ebnioei L%sa s sr £ ^ HH3 

have , singing school, then a series of meetings and a love least. 
B«,hr,n who d..i e » real farm home and wish lo do mission work 
will d" I „"ll to see our ,eclio„.-Mr,. A. D. Bowman. Macclenny, 

' l L.k!l'.ndtoor love least was held Nov. 5. Visiting member, Irom 
Seeing Brook.ville. Tampa an., St. Pe.er.b W™^ "=„"?. 1 
wilh us Six musters were prcscnl; Eld. Unas Hlougll ome.aic 
Break".;, and .Sinner were served a. .be church on Sunday following. 
A, "he' morning wor.hip Bro. Lining., ...cached an mspi.mg .crnion 
„ h. sul.iect New Thing,. Also much appreciated message, were 
„„ llre.hr™ 1 E Young and I. C. Johnson. One young lady 
I "r.'cei ."o l,y baptis rn Safurday allemoon before the feast. A. a 

^ngrrrhrnrt;r^he\aStvi„e^wip! 

IS iStl. «ie write, president. Eld. B. F. Lightne, of Gettysburg. 
R who is in our „,id,! ha, given u, several interesting and inspir- 
ing' sermons.-M.s J S. Leck.one. Lakeland. Fla.. Jan. 4. 



IDAHO 

Fruitl.nd.-Our work here has been coming on nicely .his Ml 
unde, the leadership ol Bro. Har.cy Ho.ietler Nov. 29 a "the, and 
"on .upper wa, served by the Ladies' Aid Fifty-two men and boy, 

r , do "' .ss' «. a r;'nd™ o d yrf ,, s zrZLzs is. » to,. 

Fd b " T.offiee„ A ie;rehlf.t«i. D h^^^^^ 

X;:"ufX"«— , t., decided to begin our 

Sundav-'chool year Oct. 1- Both senior and junior departments had 

fanned 'a program for Christmas but it was postponed on account 

i&*Stj^x=£. e;Se L t. G r d pu; l £l; 

has been very active this fall, serving two bai.'iucts and holding a 
bazaar and food sale; a goodly sum was realized, to be applied on 
the new church furnace, Jan. 2 one of our organized classes held its 
annual banquet and homecoming. About fifty-five adults, besides 
children surrounded the tables and enjoyed a social evening together 
Most of our classes are organized or contemplating organization ami 
we look forward to a much improved Sunday-school during 1928.- 
Minnie Sell, Fruitland. Idaho, Jan. 7. 

Welser--\Ve arc pleased to report progress in the work of the 
church here. Following the revival meeting held last March by Bro, 
Rarick the church secured Bro, A. L. Gorham of Payette to conduct 
the Sunday services. He lived at Payette and thus did no resident 
pastoral work. However, the church work was kept _ alive and ^ goo, 
was accomplished. Our present pastor, Bro. F. G. Edwards, also out 
elder for the coming year, came to us the loreparl of September 
Since then the progress though gradual has been, we feel, quite sub- 
stantial. Oct. 9 was Rally Day for the Sunday-school. In the after- 
noon a splendid program was rendered. Our goal set for fifty was 
somewhat overreached. Since then our average attendance has been 
near fitly. Oct. 19 Sister Cora Stahly was here in the interest ot 
the music ol the church. We were glad (or the inspiration of he' 
message. On Friday evening following our love least was held. On 
Nov 20 Bro. Teach of McPherson was here in the interest of tlv 
co'legc He pleased the children with a talk and stories at the close 
of the Sunday-school, after which he preached a very forceful sermon 
on the subject, I Will Build My Church, The chorus is working on 
the cantata The Carpenter of Nazareth, to be given sometime during 
or following the holiday season. Just recently we purchased a new 
piano for the church and we think it adds much to both the spirit and 
the interest of the services We are enjoying some very splendid 
sermons by our pastor. For several Sunday evenings he Save a 
series of chalk talks on doctrinal subjects which were very helpful 
and interesting. At present the Sunday evening sermons are on the 
subject of The Significance of the Church. On the whole wc feel very 
much encouraged, assured that the good is bound lo triumph under 



Decatur-Thc new year jn our ^"'^"''S' Vftdau'!'" BroVl. D 

Hcckman"^:.^ S^SKt. SiftSlt 

nour has been wi.h us nearly ■ ,'™J' b ;,„ active in bis labor. 

b... surprise, each taking some token o »PP .ecrnj Hon 
gratefully received by Br 0j Conghnon and «*. »«. ^ ^1 ^^ 
!^r *7k"u^ «ri» uSe-Sr, "A. Shearer, Decatur, „.-. 

■ Ian ' * . , c c.i m ,,el. in the past two months to 

Hickory Grove church ha, had „„. ,,. tic R ^^ 

be thanklul for. On Nov. 6.1' Ota ™™1£J 4i °ikt forenoon, after 

of Lena, ,„.. preached an niter H « ,„ , he clu , rcl , 

which a bountilul dinner was served to aim - I ^ WmM 

basement. In the alternoon.nd evening 1 rot. >v. ^ ^ 

Morri, College brought the ™™8« u " ^,JJ „ „i. day was 
greater and grander things ,n the luture. » E , nm e,t Stover 

furnished by the male qu.rte from Lena K|l. r 
0, Mt. Morri, and home ja en • °« " »e had a^t. ^ 
banoue. with Trol . 0. Dj™ tf » ) Fifty father, and 

as principal speaker. Hi, message w... success Our church 

rSy^^^i"S^»S^,^ 

SSMSft Ihe lu„ P u,, m ,choo..-,Mrs. Z ona Diehl, Mt. Carroll. 
III., Jan. 9. reR ular business meeting. Bro, 

r l TFcke,"tr^,ec,ed f r and J^^'SS^S! 

fSwtrl£u.A""°f{Vf k M^j-- 555-- 

rZ'cLr^ 1 ^' ta rji.f° fi .p" .Xn^ .J. book. Komans 
at °»r WMWy prayer service, wei spe|)[ Qn( . 

Revelation with our pastor in cnan,(-. ChilJren's Home 

ri-iv in making dolls and toys for Christmas for the ^- n "" e ? B .- tmas 

nay '"'""' » n « th children gave a splendid Christmas 

pr-oUn..-' Ul^l - oje,™ - ^"Jg^XZ 
.he morning service Dec 25 our elder «. superintendent, 

chair and .he pastor w,.h a rug, a !» - « "» " fi 
Robert M. L.vengood. who ,a. o to ^ul V «r^ ^ ^ „ 

^'7.ar"Day e, rb"d a ,ii S e pie"™,, of h.-niug to Mrs A»i. , £set, 
hi,:, mother ol'ou, pastor; .he i. «»•'»»'' Pf» ■" "" *'«■<<<"" 
church. Ill-Mrs. Ada Royer, Lanark, Ul„ Jan- 5. 

Milledgeville.-Threc of our young peoole attended m- ~1 
nle's State Conference which wa, held at Ottawa the latter part o, 
October W. had no service, lor several Sunday, durm, : the mo ,, ,h 

,', . , ,i„ p tn several cases of spina meningitis in an adjoin ng 

™u„?,y Nov % bS k* SrudetakeV delivered the Th.nk,g.v,ng 

rmon which wa, followed by a ba.ke. dinner „, bono, -^ of h 

li^^^o*'x^r^vi«III 

jjiveii in •• «:,-,- i„, 1Q7H Fid T E. Miller o hlain was 

=%^;'r t"L^|ac^ Sojuiiaker^o to u, Dec.^ 

"" bU ,.f. , ne C uag«»i "italSS of the "ton. Brother and Sister 

ess? Barn™. — ---jsriii^-ss is 

io„o°v.eI V of«.~S FZrSVSE nkrMilledgeville, 

'"" Ia0 ' INDIANA 

Bethel Center-Dec. 13 we were favored with a dramatic debate 
entitled Can the Law Be Enforced, given by E. S Shumaker and 
CF Rodger, Indian. An.i-Saloon League. Owing to a heavy -nm 
which lasted ail day the crowd »a, no, a, large a, expected , 

officers were rei. ■ chool received a treat of nut, and fig, 

?en, C oy"r "cm, °.°d hro.ne,. Levi Winkl.hhek „, Walerhard C.I .L 
Tbi, wa, highly appreciated. Bro. Frank Dillon oi «'*"«£3 » 
filling the pulpit twice a monlh at present.-Lyd.a Waters, Hartloro 
City, Ind., Jan. 4. 

Elkh.rt.-We are glad 10 report a growing inle.es. .n our service. 
Irom time to lime. Our p.s.or's voice ,s s.ead.l, growmg ««™»" 

",."",* audience. An 'offering was ...ken and (3W.ffl wa, sen. f»r 
mis.ionafy purposes. A. .he close of .he services a pretty wedding 
occurred at high noon in the church, when Ruth E. Hahn became 
„ "bride ol Olen W. Setoff. Our pa,,.,. Bro. Wm *»"■££££ 
the ceremony. In .he evening a Chnstma, cantata „,, rendered .by 
over thirty voices, led b, Bro. Boyer of Nappanee. An extra large 
audience ga.hc.ed lo bear this well rendered musical enlctainment. 
Mrs. Fred Berkcy. Elkhart, Ind., Jan. 5. 

lndianapolis.-The work in our city is moving along slowly. During 
Ihe past year we have lost five of our members by death. Some have 
moved Irom „, We mis. Elder and Mrs. Geo. W. Hahn so much; 
Z, a,' n™„ located in Kansas City. Mo. Since the last .cpor, two 
have been received by baptism and three by .letter. We begin the 
New Year, hoping lo be ol g.eater service ,„ the Master s cause 
than we were ii. The past yea.. Wc hat* been here lor almost three 
years and arc still finding those who were once, at some place 
idenlibed wilh out people. Could we have .he cooperation of member, 
who know of those in the city and not known to us, it WllMWp 
greatly in locating ,ueh and interesting them in the church serv.ee. 
The work, some week, ago, was reorganized lor ihe year wilh the 
following officers: the writer, elder; J. J. Kintner clerk; Thomas 
Wasner, trustee; Mrs. S. A. Hylton, "Messenger correspondent 
Mrs. Earl Peachcr. "Messenger" agent. A very intere. .... : musical 
program, interspersed with scriptural reading, on the birth of Clir.sl. 
was rendered Christmas evening by lb. B. Y. P. D. ».th Bro. Tren 
Michael director to an appreciative audience. A Thanksgiving ami 
Christmas offering of $77 was. raised for the General Mission Board, 
and SJ2 was given to the Di.trict Mission Board the last quarter. 
Our financial hoard is pleased to report all running expense, ol the 
church paid, and enter .he new yea. with a clean sate. The Sunday- 
school has a good balance in the treasury, and with Brethren D. D. 
Hylton and W. S. Barnbart. superintendent., wc are hoping lor a 
splendid increase in attendance and interest this coming ycar.-Geo. 
L Sludcbakcr, Indianapolis, Ind., Jan, 6. 

M.nehe.ter.-On Sunday, Nov. 27, Bro. M.C. Swigart of Philadelphia. 
Pa began a series of meetings here which continued until Dec. 14. 
Gre'al inlcrcs. was manifc.lcd in these meetings. Bro. Sw.garl's ap- 
peals were strong and his sermons were greatly appreciated. As a 
result of the meetings thirty-live accepted Christ and have been 
received into the church by baptism. On Sunday morning. Dec. 18. 
Bro Oiho Winger who lias served this church as elder so efficiently 
(or six yea,, gave his last sermon lo tl.C vtHirch, before lea.mg on 



SrrSoioSn.: M.s^c. ieesland Dec. » *. i f-j i ^j 

usher in the real Christmas spirit. 'Yurh ol trie World, under the 
given Dee 2. being J^W"* T b „' u % lembers ol the Mr* 
direction of Mr, B. V. *•»*"■ ind „„ , tlcM , „1 one 

participated in this strvlet. mt l . I- Gj[ jR was carnc d nut 

„„d .be effect «"/"»?»„■„ ^g ,o world-wide missiou, was 
in ,h,s serv.ee The ChnMrna. "B|™« amounl cd to nearly t»M.- 
STmla-y.'DoterirfNo'rth M 8 ,,,chc,,er. Ind.. Dec. 31 
mis. *-•• , ,„,.,.( |],ir ,ii thi' criurcn. 

Ple^t a r''w; N r,d%;nd y! c o.i'''too y w", by "a T„a,,k,giving 
In the forenoon wc bad bun I > <( d . ]|n „ „ „ , 

sermonby ourpstorCC Cripe^ ^ , b 

Sf ; n en ,h ™d"'b:T Dec. 2. we held .jn -^ g^SftS 

wTS'fsJitoSm-t^Sda-scboononowed by a talk by 

the oaslor -Mrs. Orba Haniman, Corunna. Ind.. Jan. a. 

tlic pasior. mis. p.rry Coblent. in 

Wnlton church met in conned D«. 1 -■,!, Od. 1 y^ 
charge. Bro. Alva Winebrenner wa so prc.cn _ m ^ g j- 

elected fo. Ihe coming year; two letlcrs 
Widner, Walton, Ind.. Dec. 30. ^ ^^ T 

West Goshen church met in business . . elected 

E. Geo.ge, Frank Krcider and Irvin Miller met wm, u. ^^^ 

church officer, for the coming yea. Bro. Hmtm K b 

our service,. Dee. 4 aist.r r, r ., lclline and Egypt. On Dcc. 

morning and evening on her tr.p "£■"" , audience. Fo. 
25 a fine Chris.m., program w. " "° d "'° k *, \ k |,a,.n.ent has l>=en 

,h. past three month, our C»r,s "" W orker» M ^.^ 

giving program, each Sunday cve.nng > B P a „,. The 

ha, been rcorgani.ed with Sisfer Kail "' • AM a „ d , he 

pas. year has been the banner year „ attendance ,,„„„,, „ 

Sckness. especially among ,hc older peop e; •-« »' ™"- »£>„£ 
confined to their homes by sicknes.-Mrs. Clayton uang 
lud., Jan- 2. [OWA 

,own R iv,r.-Du,i„g the month ol November a .pe.Ul <™f%™ 
p., on to arouse ">'«"' »t^'';i ,c. w«h I ihe name "of the 
and mailed, giving a lis, ol se rno ° n ■ J , T] , lo3ed Nov. 

speakc. for each service during the eo ""^"'J; e „, „, c 

27, with a community program t hat w ,* ^ .^ 

met pleasing fealu.es was a hall hotirj™ ^^„ owed by , C veraI talks 
department of ihe Sunday .. ""' ; B \, p. D . ,,as been organ.aed 

and special .ong numbe... A sera .si. o , ni H eic„ Wheele, 

and mee.s in 0» church bascm.nt So m^' «• « ptop|c 

iTve^Swnt, B°o d '^"aft l-TSi-t ol .he -O*; 
is very gratn>>"t,. r P ,,dercd to a u house on Christinas 

o.ga„i.a„on »«-;-;~.l of candy and apple, lo all 
evening. The Sunday -scnoo] .a it, presided at our nuar- 

who we.c p.esen.. Dec. 4 EI.L Earl E. j« 1 corr e, P o„dent 

lerly business meeting. The_ writer was eiec.e. ^ 

and "Messenger" agent. Brother and =;,,.,.. Oak Kan,., where 
,e.,ers o, "emhership as the, arejea^g o r^Bn rr Oak, K ^ 
they have accepted a PUttnt*. we reg sirvc[| 

been among our most tohlul j.« brn, B J D ^ „ 

as elder the past two and one-Ball years, ivc church. 

„..i,.,inff „i, arranged lor .hem with a nashc. oione. . 
gaihering was arrange appreciation of their 

A purse was made up for them as a toKen o Hi fi M , 

wo.k here Our best wishes go with them to tneir 
Wior.-Mrs. T. U. Reed. Marshall.own. Iowa, Jan. 5. 



KANSAS 

r t, -,,_,,, niirht consisting of a 
First church had V-T^Others ^h"" as followed by a White 
r'',r ,e erTc e'.etcr,., in he Sui'd.y ,cb«ol in turn brought gi„s 
Sd pTaced ihem a. .be foot of the cross. Thus a nunibe. of home. 
l "( «» ^."irSS! -=->-" toTivcThan^rre^eivc,- 
K^rch^e, in hu.ine,, ,e..to Ohhc.r^for th^ncw 

Sard" e„urcn d c,cr , k; "si.ter Su,ie Jacoue, ^ Mc.-cngc^ agent; 
Sister J. E. Hope, correspondent. The P .s.^ear^ ^^^ 
spiritual be,.. „g and up an B^ ^ ^.^ arc 

a deeper consecration oi on e e ^ Kcrnahan campaign 

greater blessings „, store I"' "s .. - ■ sponsored 

^td'^S'^r f r^ «min.£r r Our Aid ^hy.y m.t 

Dec. 29 and Sisier Jennie Smith »■- cl,< " c " , r "„, ,„ lc pay , h c Old 
repaid for our effort, the pas «»«*;■ ^ pl^ ^ ^ ^^ 
Folks' Home quota of $60 for he eh hurchhou , c „ our U It 

effo-tTo'i rye.°r--Mrs.7D""F S .ory, Lone Star, Kan... Jan. 6. 



LOUISIANA 



the 



. held an all-day Thanksgiving ser.--. 
Roscpure.-Novv 24 we held an ai I lay , , ccia , »„,, 

Pleasant Vievv ehureT,. The mormngsesiou c ^^ ^ ^^ 

and talk, by our pastor . ■ o> waj ,„,.,,, to 

,„wn. At noon instead of a basket tin ne , program in the 

all pre.ent. The young people and , cb ddren gave .he , ^ ^^ 
af.e.noon. Th„ p.oved 10 be a r al con m y y ^ ^^^ 

SouVoaS reM^t t^SlridS. 

«ih.rrt, x«jSa^5ig ets 

SldST TbeS"e,e well ^-^^Kt* 
walch night service was held a the L ""■" » „, , , e ia | „a.u,e 

abort fifty young people »'«=«'■ ™ f"^*™, „d devotion. Owing 
unii, „;1S alter which tt .» rtange^d^ P^ ^ ^ ^ rf 

^ fed UiaT.hc evening was Well .jjjt At . recent rnein her. f mee, 
;„ B decided to hod our lo. ""^ ™. B «ry from Mar.in.- 

• forward wilh pleasure I to the e°»™ u .|,|„„i„B Jan. 22. It ., our 

Sr^t'muSlood ma; e bLuo„e in this needy field-Mrs. F,or.nce 
Showalter, Rosepine, La., Jan. 4. 



MARYLAND 



to charge and eont routed ^ se.er.I lj» n a n oppor.u- 

instructive classes tor young „„ ri ei,ment in Bible knowledge and 

nity that seldom comes o Us lor e, ^ w „, mi „»ter 

personal apphcai.on. Jan. 18 Eld- L. u. r. ncrfj 

Shurch gave an exceedingly ,n ter ""-^"^and China where he 
Icnt'y'tr'alc-ed'-in-rhL-S'o, „, Bro.hc,h.od.-Wm. E. Roop. 
Westminster, Md., Jan. 8. _ 

Union BHdge.0ur s.ri.s o, -*-g^£% l S>Z*G£ 
three week,, conducted b> Bro J I. »1. " r ,,„ w „ eilBe . 

evenings during '^™ "5 id .be pre!chi,,g. Tweuty-hree accepted 
ment,. Bro. J- H. Wimnier aid tn I Thanksgiving serv 

Christ; seventeen have been bap ireo_iJ Lutbcan 

ice of the four churches of our town was 



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he remainder to foreign missions. Dc t . L I.. W* °»; ii « wa , c ,„ ? 

Jun.packcr, Sunday-Coo, -.'"'»»";'«••„ 'J^, CD. Bo™"" 
Bro Clarence Bowman to preach one year. Mrs. c. 
1 Bridge, Md.. Dec. 14. 

MICHIGAN 

- rial 



i . i,, ,...,>,. fnr heh> in: needy families. bu"J;iy '"'""n. *-"-'- 
raised to be used tor help <"*."> Bethlehem, which was directed 

S Sr f m, Jane . HlLr^tra^n M£SS2 

^n,ecr"co„e„ KM ■£»- - -Jj- ^ ^and'hoard' 

Dec. ,0 wi* about tt in "^"^ "^ ""LfiSS - nSId 
A peace contest ... Which seven „ c , roit k l0 he 

",",", ,h L,7£ speechc Sn Sunday morning. Jan. 1. Bro. CD. 

B r rv c =e^ ieT* hrkr l s B £ 

t.,11 nf in teres tine experiences i» Alrica. I "»■ ' ut '"" , 

appreciated having these delegates ana >p iri ,„,,| blessings. 

„( 1923 will long be remembered as one I«U_ ol f «u a b 

During tbe month* J»™£»< JToLV-MrTtlhe^K Gordon, 

^Ei5£ « « -VBro^B^VS 
^^d"!:^;r-^nfLSes about ,s trip abrWm - 

an open program. Jan 22 they .1 save « audience. The 

SrTn'were given a Toy .he Sunday-school, The church is now 

Se 8C cK e cb. W a h r »:« iTinrerc." others who have n< .church home. 
Twelve members were recently rcec.vcdb^ !.„='. B„ 
Fzra Neher. whom many Messenger readers ^ , 
returned from Alabama where they have been ■ ™"«- t ,J° so ^" 
council was held. A supervisory »oard c„„„s,.ng o It he s up 
undent and assistant and the pastor, was formed .to correal 
,he various organizations with the .mrpose » S ™g «•* ■ *_ 
to express tsell during the Christian Workers nou financial 

night a different organisation will give a program--. P. »■ «« ' 
board, Ladies' Aid, junior church. Welfare Board e . Jan. « on, 
junior church will give ' '»» ^V ~'S.< forward to 
are in charge . Sis . r Eunice Bttact ^ Br „ c 

an evangelistic campaign to u= church is to be a soul-winner 

orVantd'iTan » !h.y w„. have a basket dinner ,. the parsonage.- 

Tames Patrick, Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 5. 

structor. The, sen. Bro. Barton ^Mcuhjr tornn^ rf ^ ^ ^ 

SSd"'w,th t«o , ' S sc"»ns of stud, each day-forenoon and evening. 

Thclublects studied were Jesu, ^gjW, ^ „^ „ 

salvation; also s.ndieso. he, ,„^j^ ^ ^^ 

each session of Bible «■££,' £ wilh , ,„„„„ „„ the subject, 

meetings closed on New 'ears , , >vhok .i,eartedly to 

Everyday Sermons B£ *K„ «£ ,„e interest manifested 

the work and we are m-'J B ,,,.,,<.., in as many homes 

J ""rtr-Va^^mS!, g' h 'Tbe^ 1 d 1 rr^ a' *™£,! 
ong. reading,, and' recitation, which had bee,, postponed a, Chr >. 

SS °o"n Peace-ana' good"":.. L'J^^"^ *- dW ^fi 

hou e officers a. I teachers were elected for the new year Bto 
Farrell , reelected superintendent. At noon a basket dinner was 
served in the basement and a social hour enjoyed by .U A, LJ 
a council meeting »». Md »nd ^"V ^™„ g =1 rk Wi/blory. 
G. F. Culler was reelected dder Van? R^W. k. ^^^ corre!po „ . 
trustee; Emma »- ; ^T3[f discu.sk including plans lor a 
£„,£«£, a^-i -ice U ~-£Lf2 ^ 
SnS"S-Tft-*^3? for'th'/Maic-Dori, Wbce.er, Woodland, 

Mich " *"■ MISSOURI 



Weaver, the pastor, is studying the Sermon on ll« »—■ "™J™ 
„, ,be Band are very loyal and .hi, week-day study , ■ P™»™ "'» 
l, P lnlul Several n.e.nbers ot the Band are teachers in the Sunday 

i, to be at our church Jan. ). and Bro. E. F. Weaver, ° m *"'°'- " 

■ was sent to Bethany Bible School. Member, ha, '"« '*« ^^"^ 
en route to California are invited to visit us. 
N Mex.. Jan. 2. 

NEW YORK 
Lake Ridge church me. in council Dec 10 wi.b Eld *• A Ncdrow 

'To? auu ence The cS ring was S1S.29. Dee. 1 the Udie.' Aid 
.,ec.S%fficr. C rorSc™ing%e., wi.h Mrs, Vinda Sutphin, pre- 
dcnt.-Nora E. Sutphin. Atwater, N. Y., Ji 



■, . t.t„.. e with O H Feiler in charge. 
Roeklngham.-Our council met Nov. S v< th a a *™ wi , h , d 

Sunday-school officers were c '^f^ J^,,^ „"„£„ „. expect 
Nicholson, superintendent. With a force ot i ^ ^ 

to do more and greater things in 1928 than n, «P« paB cant. 

young people and ^ildren about t.r.ynallp canted H . P .^ 
The Appearing Cross, which was ..^ grea, ^ ^ _^ ^^ ^^^ B ^ 
audience. It was presented again ui '«.„ , ,,, conduct a two 

Nicodemus of Milford, Ind, cam. » «■ Dec 4 to conon 
weeks' Bible Institute in which time the Book of J* 1 ,™,,, „„,„. 
We feel that Bro. Nicodemu, did a g.eat «»^»» „„„„„ ,„ 

Bro. O. H. Fcilcr took up the work a. <'•■"'",,„, „ „„„„„. 
March. ,927. Since that ..me Rock,,., h an h a s bee lb P^ ^^ 

fully. Bro. Fe.ler came at a time of »™™JJS' lm . attendance on 
ance and interest were at low ebb. At present " „„ w i nB 

Sunday morning usually exceed, the ISO mark. Interest , 8 r B 

also in the Sunday evening meet.nl> »>«J »« T t „„i„r ehurcl, 
mee.ing.-prim.ry, junior, '»'" m '*^° r d „„ ", h c firs. Sunday nigh, 
presents a program m the mam aud.ei.ee. „ c 

in each month. Bro. to;» ^'Jjpko Rockingham appro- 
l.ereate P » ,»o,^amo V „°g , us.-E 1 .hel P Ea P rly. Hardin. Mo.. Dee. 30. 
SouU. St. Joseph church me. in ouarterly . """•'J^j ^ mucn 
writer in charge. The members were ljuny 1 c llfu lav-school 

SSi Ind ST&A^SS ]^f^ JB£j- 

arc starting in .he New Year wi.h a good balance. We m »»™™ 
a rad.o program, a revival meeting, and a commonion ,n 

Alexander, Sunday-school superintendent; Bro. "»"£"«£"• 
^.tr^'Lr^SeJt^-Ttrw^^larUcer. 
elected sec a bright future lor tins year, work.-h. H. 
S, Joseph. Mo. Jan. 4. N£w ^^ 

ClovU church me, in business session Dec » ¥&&» 
various department, of sl™k«»J" .,„„!,„- chool superintend- 
Mrs. Minnie Rodes clerk; Nellie B.*!, »"» > ,„chers and 

cut; Mary Tharp, Chr.sl.an Workers president, jam 

school. The Friday evening Service Band under 



NORTH CAROLINA 

, „i r., ,k,„eh met in council Oct. 9 with Eld. W. H. Handy 
U 1° r£, - \V H Handy and N. C. Reed began a series of 

presidini. Elders W. B. "and, .an . sermons. Three 

meet ngs and preached ,n all sixteen sou. si.rr..>g 

™dno''i:„oo, fi ein C Va%ltet wrlfmak. S" ^JS? * 
would be glad"! have some of the brethren preach '«<■«»«,';« 
only one elder and one pastor that do any preach.ng.-tmmcr Maiioy, 
Sparta, N. C, Jan. 3. 

OHIO 

Atoon (Fir„l.-Thc closing month, of 1927 were busy »es The 
evening ol Oct 9 Rev. V. A. Wood, represent.ng the Lords Day 
evening 01 ucr y bringing pressure .0 bear upon per- 

All.ance. gave a nmely mes,a.i . g f. ' D 0c , 6 t he members 

son. and groups who desecrate the Lord C a, - «J'' » ' h , 

convened in council. L. B. Oaks was elected eJerl. lor three y ^ 
M„. Deeme. was chosen '• Messenger »g . and ,he »nur. chnrcb 
correspondent. The Christian vvor.cr iea.ie . k .^,,„ r ^i. C(1U „. 

Fausnigbt in charge of the senior scciion; M .. Kell r. adult - 

SC " 0r d 0, ,e B s- Tumor, D Vo beTed^y Si "^"'Se'r" Wrn" ltdcr 

Eid-DuS „^..^ i£ t k ^-^K 

i . •„ , , n „;ur,i the work was in charge of the associate 
n."or Nov 13 n'ro FJant Urgent of Bethany Bible School Save 
an uusuated lec.ure tl.a, was appreciated b, . J« .»ed audience 
More than a hundred picture, were shown and I the d.ffe ent opportu 
„i,; f * for training for a well rounded Christian service were ex 
named Sere-ices were held on Thanksgiving Day w.th a sermon by 
Sctstor- -he theme The Sacrifice of Thaiiksgivin, An .off ring 
of S25 was received; baskets were sent o those ir. nee 
Fidler of Brookville. Oh.o. conduced \ Uv " ",'.-„, lie was 
plain, forceful way brought u, "">-, S "'"' "''",,, .Tianily added 
assisted by Bro. Byler as song leader, who with lis family » 

., 1 in.nlr.lion to the meeting. Seventeen were baptiaed and one 

waf re aimed Many reaffirmed their faith and .be church was 

„ Jh/ned .pin.nallV . For some time the Akron i church ha h 

Jan", ■'bet V. Kd" bi.-.be year's work with a ,^™al prograrn- 
ty spiritual -d Priieucal .» .» namre. rf I. /|or ^^ Thc 

Airi"ic S .V"made B a°good report; over «00 has been made during 

.be year -Mrs. D. H. Keller. Akron, Ohio, Jan. ». 

Coving.on.-0n Christmas nigh, a f--,";'??.! A 
church by » b ™.\^ a //lVgten "rough "hi, pageant. Dee. » 
very m.prcss.ve .... -ace .a k Ul a , ^.fiid, time officers 

the church held us annua, dub. ...,. r ,p.| The young people 

at our chur C h Dec. 30 J ° ^ Bulh> lhe Gleaner. Mrs. Grace 
presentation ot a sacrea cjii , Slnmberi'er were the chief 

"Overton of Sioux City low. and C I SI . .m be c r ^ 

speakers Home Life nd » D»"^' ml , ' T h t conference theme 

Saturday's discussions led bj Bro. »nan. e « ; , bo „, j 00 

was. What Should a Dunkard Live F. ir Sa lur.la , n c ; 

young people ""« ^g^on cn^cJ r pe".«d H.e ciris.ma, pageant 

S 'r d ' ; '"tT „«dr.f on " "... been great,, improved in 
Hartvdle.-Thc needs o. our en t h rteen Sunday 

the remodeling ol our ehorchhouse. We no w ha . „„ 

school rooms, a large aud.enc. room 1 P «. ry. a « ^ § 

.„„ kitchen in the '■•"""'■^ "SS.U foundation a, well a, 
cost of about SS.OWI. Wc are i^y s t|)l . i( al|d co . 

a spiri.ual lor ->-'",;'. building program. We find 
opcral.on have been fine all «""«» , bk ,, „„ r „ft„i„„, lor home 
in this connection thai wc have .. tar >y tomll i c ,io., ol our church 

andloreign mi,,ion ; ..epa i .ye. 0;",..= service was devoted 
we held an all-day meeng Nov afternoon 

•VS'' ! h rtI,ice, R w re °n y ch 1 arge°"o« P Brtj. Perry Pra.h.r Ash- 
rededication services wire -„„ fifiri This was lo owed by a 

land. Ohio. Wi,h an attendance „[ over effl. Th __ uj mry 

,w„ weeks' revival com lue e, >', Br I . ^^ ^ (m ^ 

inspiring and sp.r.iual messages^ we , j hr „ Ul „ 

Kingdom, twenty being baptised during the me . g 
on More than 100 call, were made by on e.ang ills. ui I 
Dc 11 Bro. Prathe, gave our young people a ...lend tal k 
IS, being present Dec. M we ta« s»r love f. as »^*"'» Kc „„ 
revival, With the large, a M.ndan J ^ ,, „„ „, Lial „ 

of Akron. Oh.o. gave us an ..lost.., .... c „ u „cil Dec. 

of the World, which was appreciated by .11 . » e me Qor 

,7. ,„d the ■>">.»»''« .^SllS* elte 1 S Young, writing clerk; 
Bro. C. H. Dcardorft, was ree.ecieo e. . _ w ngcr -■ n gc.,t and 
Jesse Brumbaugh ,ead,,,g c hr k the Ji, er.^ Me,^ ,_ 

:„r„E,en"by W ,e,.» during * . fear We » re again or.unajl. 

in having the Di.tr.c, ,»',™"d ,'om. p"we u m«L,g«.. All felt that 
with a splendid irogram and some .' u » , Twenty-n ne mm- 

r.'wa. the most inspiring meel.ng >"« k«« p en.^Lolne Kinsley, 
is.crs and thirteen m.n.ster. w.ve. were pre.er 
Har.ville, Ohio Jan- 3^ ^ ^ Uw „„ 

Painter Creek church me. in e Krehler and Granville 

Kreide, presiding- Elders ».•»«; >J ■ *. departments ol 
Minnicb assisted In the work Officer, for the nubile, elder; 

church work were elected ». W'^"^ "Messenger" agent; 
Bro. Blaine Flory. clerk , P ro^ Jo „,;„„,. lh , writer, corre- 

Sister Rebecca Royer. Chrst an X r ^^ ^ Bro „ „ p. „„ „, 

.pondenr Folow.ng our love , a rf ,;„„ Hc g lv e 

TTl i 'r,ak b i'„g t,, u , 'p'1be b 'book P 'Ge , ,,i;g d .;.o Your Life Work , or 
r,ud P y o" Sun/ay iven'n.. prec.din, , the Prea *»,«■,«- ^ 
day-school gave a very tine pr g . - 
-Mrs. Opal Honeyman. Greenv.lle. Oh.o. Jan. a. 



Plou. church is the infant church of our Di.triet-Southern Ohio. 
ThatT. it was last in organi.aiion. being less than a year old. We 

ffi'eES and „ is P^till^roasrentrde/thebui'S 
55'™- ".',or™la^wort:p«'! , CStS **££«■ f^ 

The improvement will cost «3 .OX which was over- snbsc, ^b d^ Our 

r,r'Lr pl 'ourm. a ns' : wc;ik oi'g,nS,io°; ^"s. >*****. °> 

,"i, the ^ pal' "al 904 W. Gran, St.-Chas. L. Flory. P.oua. Ohio. 

numbers each evening which added mneh to the mee.mg Uro 
DeUie" secured dincre't ministers f.om on, -.J*. ad D.s.riC, 
,n «».ik each evening of the first week and each message was very 

filled messages bu. much pr » ' ^ " ^'^'Jt, council. By 
a' fi unanin,o b urvr"„ ! e "rc.a.ncd ^"pastor lor ijta, year. Dec » 

cmreXTwc are'SarS' ■XSL"^i4ut= 

oft.ci.Hmg. WcareaiwajsB u ,„ ,.-.,, aU end his home 

^!ck JiJ B,r rrctrlck fnr"Br"o" d Treb h er. d "p.r 3 S 

the music deparlment in our school and wc "«"' 

working up a community chorus and other musical numncrs. 

,i hrln lo ou, services. A number of teachers in oar con 

^•m'ing "Christian school ij-J^ <f """" Peop.e.-Op.I 
Hummer Pittingcr, Pleasant Hill. Ohio, Jan. J. 
Porb.ge.-0.,, council wa, held Dec. IS with Eld Geo. O.nte, t » 

ii ~^^. Urn Mix HartsouRh; correspondent, Beain L c nan 

each member was laved . I- - Jollectlon was lal n 

Eon" work" The "christian Worker,' president is Fern I 

-Beatrice flartsough. Wayne, Ohio, Jan. 6. 



OKLAHOMA 
Holfow church me. Jf«-£* '^s^h'o.cVllderV.h™'" 

program. VVc bad a large '"'"^'"^^"JJ," ' P r,-va,, 
.oge.hcr and we « llta J^ t ™ f- 1; r, I .,-„„.. , , 

nmnlh'wS^veTrS ap;recia,ed.-Orp,,a Loslibaiigh Hollo. 
Okll Ian 6. 
Okbdioma Cf.,.-Dec 3 was the date ^?| -' ^"i'n^o" "w". 

"» , ?' 1''"e„t" W, r, , y"' ck e "' d in 1 absence the pa.tC, 

u,. but was kept home by _ .. h ,, ,„ 

acted as moderator. Officers were uec, ^ „ vj 

bc.t we can ,10 .meet inc Oklahoma Ci.y. Okla., Jan. 6. 

whom we work— i.nwin j. 



OREGON 






workers, and especially w-h X/^tribu '- ' -" -ork. Dnrin B 
the pastor n tbe inspiration thus contrii.u i rct urned 

lhe Jear wc had .he pleasure -JS^^^Ki'v? R» ol 
?„;rXrS^ l wThad' Sis,er Cora Stably of NapP^e Ind^Bro. 
Harrison Frantz ol La Verne, Lal ,., Bro C_L.it " aU 

chee. Wash... and S. G 1'al.ne. ock of In. tland.^O^ ^ ^^ 
brought ln.pirat.onal messages t, ' ">' , thi „ B , have , 

appreciated by ■... During lhe three : years . , « >d| 

found their way into our home ; »h «h tohj >» « ° U|rfl 

.locked; and a. ... additional proof o lie t louiim hl)|jrill ,«„ 

disposed heart, of the good I pMpta wKh wh ^ chris , 

the many gilt, presented o he '"'or ir ,, io „ and gran- 

KtfLftwk - oTpetfJeS ^Uct that -he Lore! prosper s 
thc people that have a vision o, / bevond " Our people have 

the sending of .he Gospel to the rtlior. bjl ve[j best 

done well; the, de.erve ^^^'^rl,,.., us to give. The 
,er.,ce and care thai o„, laMi.r anticipate another good 

'",; 't ha°r.eecra°, r ou.s.andln, goal, for .be year.-Lcander 
Smith, Myrtle Point. Ore.. Jan. I. 

PENNSYLVANIA 
„ c The offering received on Thanksgiving Day and Sunday 

ce°n h T«oWo,g ^'amounted -o >« which wil^b, •«>»?£>£% 
T „e mother and '^f- ^"^tmned "mfssSnaV 'from India, who 
the evening was Mrs. Hurt .... ' ' „„ g people. Dec. 

gave a splendid talk, «"«'*'"'""'" mos.c by combined choruses 
t lhe evening service was « iver , ov er .» b thr ,„ c n 

,hc male choru. and choir and a sto" "i^-- ^ Qm H; , p „ d 
A..urance. Dec. 11 the .even >• ■ , aking „ p ,be study 

Reluge. At Our mid week '' ',';;',. Rowing each week. Dec. K 
of Fi'«> C0rm.b.ans m Our auendance ■^^•^ ,„ c beginner an 

a very fine C hn.tma > d , rl . L .i,a,io„s and song, and . 

primary denartn.enls which e £ ^^ „, |he „ e 

short exercise by members ol . [ollowed by a pageant, 

ning we had a. ong service ol U.r,. . . ^ , 

White Gilt, lor the King. uec. « . kill , fourteen m the 

were received in,, the church baphsm.^ ^.^ ^ firsi p „, 

last two months. Dec. 31 we ne.,i Mo w„| by a short pro- 

„f the evening w"«'"°'? ch " t B ehurcl, on Tak.ng Risks 

f""Sod-M's M E if.".", ." Philadelphia. Pa.. Jan. 3- 

"E^ta'cburcb me, it. —dLB- • -* » ^gSLTSSS 

preying- Aid Soc,e,y officer, were appo.nted a, ^ ^ ^ ^ 

was named. lhe consmmiu 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 21. 1928 



FIRST IMPRESSIONS 

(Continued From Page 43) 

As the day differs from the night so the people who live 
here n the Dangs differ from the people of the west 
The very depravity of these ignorant, superstitious people 
causes the one who mingles with them to feel love and 
111 We can not ridicule their evil worship and 
de^ "sup—, Rather we see incite pathos in 
such scenes and interpret them not as evidences of wilful 
viekedncs but as blind searching of the hear -broken 
for a help which they vaguely feci to be somewhere, but of 
^^r^n^rlo'^down and dissipate 
wh . m" be called the Dangi mentality, and to build UP a 
Christian mentality. Here is a large group of Christians 
wh have no, begun to think of themselves, in a ma, or y 
of cases as a new and separate people. There is very 
m of Christian consciousness either individually or col- 
lectively among them. Too many of them have become 
C, "ians yet stay by their old life and Dang, custom. 
In* case of old and young alike, it seems the grip o th 
old environment with its vicious and unchanging customs 
is still heavy upon them. 

Bu the work is no. standing still by any means. The 
noble band of missionaries who have labored here ,n yea 
gone by. have not sown the seed in vain. The village 
schools, the station boarding schools and glimpses , : some 
of the Christian homes about us-all bear «£**<>j£* 
God has entered the lives of many who l.ve here at Ahwa. 
For this we praise his name! Bertha L. Butterbaugh. 

Ahwa, India. ■ • ■ 

ELD. J. R. MILLER 
Eld. John R. Miller was born in Elkhart Count, -. Ind Nov. 
30 1844 and died at his home at Nappanee, Ind., Dec. ty, 
1927 aged eighty-three years and nineteen days. 

In 1868 Eld. Miller married Miss 
Rachel Rupart, daughter of An- 
drew and Mary Rupart of Colum- 
biana County, Ohio, and to this 
union were born eight children, 
six sons and two daughters, who 
survive with twenty-three grand- 
children and fourteen great-grand- 
children. His wife preceded him 
on July 7, 1925. 

As a young man Bro. Miller 
gave his heart to the Lord and be- 
came a member of the Church of 
the Brethren and remained a 
faithful and steadfast member un- 
til his death. In 1879 he was or 



He said to us one hour before his death: "This must be 
a sad time for you all and I had hoped I could go without 
this suffering, bu. his will, not mine, be done. And them 
"It is finished." and "O Father, receive my spirit And 
looking upward his face gave witness ,0 us a of a giWus 
triumphal translation into the presence of the *■"*• 

The funeral services were conducted by Elders David. 
Metlr, Frank Kreider. Edson Ulery and Paul Studebakcr. 
Burial in Union Center cemetery. Vernon E. Miller. 

Nappanee, Ind. ■ • » 

RESOLUTIONS-HARVEY A. BRUBAKER 
The following resolutions were unanimously adopted by 
the First Church of the Brethren, Akron, Ohio: 

Whereas, it has pleased our Heavenly Father to call home, 
Bro Harvey A. Brubakcr, our former pastor, 

Be it resolved, that we, the members of the First Church 
of the Brethren at Akron, Ohio, extend our deepest sympa- 
thy to Sister Brubaker, his children and parents. 

That we pledge to them an interest in our prayers in this 
time of loss and sorrow; . 

That we express our deep regret for the loss to our be- 
loved Brotherhood of such an enthusiastic, earnest, Spirit 
filled minister and elder. 

A copy of these resolutions is to be sent to the amly. 
the "Gospel Messenger," the " Northeastern Ohio Bulletin 
and the " Akron Church of the Brethren Helper. 

G. K. Beach, 
Joseph Mullet, 

„.. Mrs. L. B. Oaks. 
Akron, Ohio. 



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preacher and elder for forty-six years, servmg his home 

tnte p i== nd his counsel and keen business judgment were 
muh valued and sought after by his business associates. 

Mediately following the Civil War he was engaged 
in Caching school near Goshen, Ind.. h,s first school being 
„ a 1 g schoolhouse with seats made of clapboards w..h a 
slab back and no desks. After teaching several years he 
dme as a Pioneer in 1870 ,0 Locke Township, and pur- 
ThaTed seventy acres near the present city of Nappanee^ 
This was virgin forest with only a few acres cleared and 
Jrom this banning he developed a farm of £«»£* 
improved and one of the finest farms in northern Indiana. 
7lw i he retired from his farm and moved to Nappanee 
where he lived until his death. 

H always took a keen interest in the civic and economic 
conditions of his community and was ever ready to do his 
share in the development of every wholesome enterprise 
t the g neral welfare of the people, and he always kept 
apace with the progress of the country and was always one 
of the best informed men in his community. 

But his greatest interest and effort was m the religious 
things, and much of his time was occupied in promoting the 
best interests of the church and in his efforts to lead men 
and women to Christ. Even in his last days of affliction 
and while in a hospital in Goshen, he succeeded in leading 
a husband and wife past eighty years of age and friends 
of his boyhood days, to accept Christ as their Lord. He also 
took great interest in the welfare of his children and their 
families, and their spiritual and material interests were 
continually one of his chief matters of concern. 

In his dying hours he gave the most sublime evidence 
of his wonderful character and the nearness in which he 
" walked with God " as in the time of his most intense physi- 
cal suffering he gave utterance to the following statements, 
as related by his son: "By his grace I am what I am. 
" O how much Christ has done for us." " I have the glori- 
ous prospect in the near future." "I am all ready and 
anxious to go and am only biding my time. If God wills 
that I live longer, I am willing, but I prefer to go. I have 
no worry about anything." "Blessed assurance, Jesus is 
mine." " I am so anxious to go, may the good Lord hasten 
the hour." 



B.w.rs-S«oU.-»y ,he undersigned "•'' »?""'£„»£' 'JS'. 
Mr. Roy Bowers and Mrs. Loona Seeds, bolh ol Muncie, 
Andrew Miller, Muncie, Ind. . ... 

Harri.burg. Fl.-D. E. Miller. Crl.sle, P.. 

XttsrsA a Mf e,v sxsrsz so*. 

Ind.'-J. Andrew Miller, Muncie, Ind. 
Andrew Miller, Munc.e, fad. 
J. Andrew Miller, Muncie, Ind. 
Ind.-J. Andrew Miller, Muncie, Ind. 

Ohio 3 Sister " E . Myrtle Vore' .. Lima. Ohio.-S. P. Weaver, Lima, 
Ohio. ^^^^^^__^_^_ 



FALLEN ASLEEP 



cs.t., Tnra wife of E T. Bingaman, died Dec. 13, 1927, 
iu'Kuue. o he Willi ^un congregation, aged 52 years, 4 month, 
and VS. She is survived by her husband, mother six : .on. and 
. Z«VZ.r Services at the Broadlording church by Brethren D. M. 
luck and L E Elliot, interment in cemetery adjoining.-Otho D. 
Martin, Mercersburg. Fa. 

Bodkin Bro Vaden, ol Highland County, Va., died Dee. 24, 1927 
a.cd^i.r. Death resulted Iron, a wound Iron. hi. own gun which 
slipped accidentally from his hand. He only lived a lew hour, alter- 
ward He united with the church when ten years old and was much 
mtSiilrt in the church and her progress; he had a fine Christum 
spirit He leaves lather and two brothers. Services by the wnter.- 
A. S. Thomas, Bridgewater, Va. 

Bolt*, Leona May, only child oi Brother Charlie Bolts and wife, 
born April 25, 1927. died Dec. 27. 1927. at their home at Covington, 
Okla Services by Bro. J. R. Finer and interment at till place.- 
Mrs. J. R. Pitscr, Bartle.ville, Okla. 

R»wer Emmcrt ]r son ol Emmert and Mary Fox Brewer, died, 
J c 7l monlhrand 16 days. Service, a. the Oakland church by the 
writer assisted by Bro. Galen B. Royer. Burial in the Harri. Creek 
cemetery— Chas. L. Flory, Piqua, Ohio. 

Brubaker, J. Franklin, son ol Nicholas and Harriet Brubaker, born 
in Sen County, Ohio. Nov. 22. 1861/ died Dec. 22, 1927, at his home 
' West Alexandria Ohio Aug. 12, 1888, he married Elisabeth 
Brubaker. At the age ol sixteen he united with the Church ol the 
Brethren to which he gave filly years ol iaithlul serv.ee. He took 
lour years' training at Mt. Morris College, also some work at Bethany 
Bible School. He was trustee ol Manchester College one term. Ho 
was called to the ministry Aug. 3, 1897, and ordained to the eldership 
Aug 2 1910. He served the Upper Twin congregation a number ol 
.ears U elder. His thirty years in the ministry proved a great 
blessing to the church. He was a student, deeply spiritual always 
helplul as much as his irail body would permit. He leaves his wile, 
7w„ brother, and one sister. Funeral services at the West Alexandria 
church by R. N. Leatherm.n, with Elders N W. Erbaugh and L. A. 
Bookwalter assi.ting.-Russel Laodis, West Alexandria, Ohio. 

Bm-kholder, Bro. Solomon B., the second ol ten children ol John C. 
Burkholder and Catherine Stump, born near Nappanee, died Dec. 24, 
T927 aged 85 year,, 2 month, and 20 days. On May 24. 1874 he 
married Sarah Stump. In 1913 they moved to North Liberty where 
thev lived until sickness compelled them to break up their home. 
Bro Burkholder united with the Church ol the Brethren while a 
young man and a lew years later was called to the office ol deacon 
in which he laithluUy served the church as long as be was physically 
able He always supported the church not only by his presence but 
by bis mean., contributing liberally to the schools and mission work 
ol the church. About the year 1920 hi. life wa. saddened by the 



railing health o. hi. wile who dM .*,**. WJJ«j E^SE 

he made his home with hi. youngest inter, ^tie «^ ^^ cbudl by 
Ehi ™.V b S' h SrJir«.Vi r id br"Eld. Orville House,. Burial in the 
lit cemc.cry.-M. S. Morris, North Liberty. Ind. 

«■ Ceo. Adam, born y^^*^B-VE 
£.f ,S„g olTC^s^-ely^yea, At th^age 
„| twenty-five he migrated to Darke t-"™ 1 '- " " ' A ,9, 18 »1, 
Greenville, which place had since been his '»'«""■ £ " ', „d 
he married Lydia. £ Retry. To ^™°^£l<£ *.«.»'«■ 
S onet'n'who^-sil P w t'h hi. mother. In January. 1,04, he united 
■Sl^^A'SjSS^A'SSi. became impaired.- 
Samuel Coover, Greenville, Ohio. 

c- . c.- , n,e Wilkie died Dec. 7, 1927, in her eighty-first 
Dow.on, Si.ter Sina, nee Wilk.c. died i£c . fa lg& . shc 

,car. She was married to B™. M. M. W ^.^ with 

moved to Fredoma. Kan... in 1870 and wi "■ ™ , ected t0 thl 

the Church ol the Brethren in 1877. Her Jul band M 

office ol deacon and later to *» ■»" , ""»- " "„, ng0 . For over 
Okla.. in 1893. Her husband preceded I le ^ liven yea g ^ 

vzsix •ssl h s^— »"/ riJSer s r^ ■£ 

2£? oneiefSrir^™! ^h £. ^ ^^^1 

, .... „_ j fiftv.two irreat-Krar'dchilarcn. scrviLcs vj 

grandchildren and filty-two grca b j r pilzer B artles- 

John R. Pitzer. Interment at this place, huts. j. 

,927. aged 59 years, 3 months and 10 dayj She leaves^ ^ ^^ 
ViS^TitZS^lSS^ D. Leathcrman, Grundy 
"S^S- H., o horn u«r Canton B, D ee rif . Z l. J-Ja.^ 

son, »nd three daughter, were .born to hen who . ^ 

?Si Es rti B s sr-saiaJi: s^i^ 

^SV^^Wc,^ C r^„ai^or^he a c^;° ill 
many year, and wil iJ»W| active ^ u rf & f 

i, survived by ™° h ^ ,d c r ^ rc " h "1 n ^ a[ fcrs.own by Bro. S F. Spit.er 

LTit Carpenter'.' Tolermen, in Rose Hill eem.tery.-M.ry Kreps. 

"S;:„e„r;o„ o, G». Grubb bo„ in Roanoke ? ma,y Va^ died 
,„ Miami Coon.y Ohio Die X ,». a B id 72 year.. ^ ^^ ^ 

anon, tvIe-ntTIeven'yearrago. fbere we lour 0^™ ^ J--; 
He had lived m the ncgh orhood New Carlisle for tlj^ 
lour years. Here tie »"»"" [.Uow.hip in 1917. He was quiet and 
Brethren and was received . lh ,„, |„ hi. devotion to 

ars5rAB-^<ff55?5aS3 

Rachel A. Carpenter who ■°'"«^/™;/ oau '«l t ir preceded him. 
thirty-nine grandchildren One i ■>■ and o oe oa » / failn|ul 

He united with the Brethren Church Out. IS. 1921. ant, 

" "•« ^'d H Fu?S rwcjlefcbap* T c Zt\l SI C. B. Gibh, 
S b"™ B E B«"aro !. In.ermeo, "in We.ley Chape, cemetery.- 
Mrs. Chas. B. Gibbs, Bolar, Va. 

Sm^Je £:rs S "=^, h ,b:^ h cpS£B^^y_R0W y 
land and Rev. Stambach. Interment in Rose Hill cemetery, mary 
Krens, Hagerstown, Ind. 

D r.r„r,gr2a' y^. ' 5 w :onrb? a-trs^^TLa 

tTT^JZ Shlut ^is H Goc CC r d onu'S 'Cirrla^ 

^tSb-'3 ^ " Sret -J&.-S.3S 
with diabete.. He leave. Wa wile a "° s , church , ,,„ 

three brother, and five si.ter.. »»",«. 
Brethren by Enos Brumbaugh and Cleo Beery, nuriai 
cemetery.-E. E. Brumbaugh, Union, Ohio. 
H„ll Isaac son ol Manasseh and Sarah Holl. born near North 

^S ht^ealn^hm. ^T^, ^'^2, 
uaVf' K W, I"". t« m «ried Emma McKinn.y who preceded 
bun about nine months ago. To this union *«c horn three 1 „n. and 

ol deacon which poi.t ion he la i.h u«y JUcd ^ 

"andchildr'en five "roth" and "our "sister,. Services a. the West 
E,billen"cburcb by Eld. G. S^ S.rauil.ugl . l"'«m.n. m adjoining 
cemetery.-Mabel Strausbaugh. Middlebranch. Ohio. 
„„„ Bro. Jacob, the filth ol a family ol eight children ol David 

lil^^^ot^r-r^fn^e-V^S 
church Oct. 27, 1887. he married Sarah Johnson who preceded him 
on Axu. 241903 To this union were born seven children two ol whom 
or. Aug. 24 ivtu, 10 , Church ol the Brethren early 

tlil. and hv"d »„ ,a" " and c.n.ecr.ted lib. Nov. 23..1M0. 1» 
ma ried Mrs Allie Cnlp who also survive, with three daughter., two 
sons on" si.ter and lourtecn grandchildren. Service, at the Pine 
Creek church by Eld. Jas. O. Keslcr. Interment in the Fair cemetery. 
-M. S. Morris, North Liberty, Ind. 

. . , 11, 1.—. nil. i.i.nt son ol Wade Jenkins and wile, died 

D 2%rJ?Z£V5?*S.. I ,•< •,.'■» >««■ '»'"»»' » * 

lamily burial gronnd.-S. W. See, Mathias, W. Va. 
Johe, Mary S., died Dec. 18. 1927. aged 57 years, 2 months and 10 

^itmJSjE ol tbc Church o, the Brethren ,«.-» 
ol years One brother and a stepsister survive. Services at the local 
church by Eld. David Kilhelner. Interment tn the Berg.tra.se ceme- 
tery —Gertrude R. Shirk, Ephrata, Pa. 

Kellar Amanda Frances, born in Rockingham County. Va., Aug. 20. 
1853 oTed Dec. 23. 1927. Early in lile she wa, bapt.icd an »»•'««' 
a Iaithlul member ol the Church ol the Brethren. She wa, the mother 
„1 thirteen children and is survived by ten children, thirtyone grand- 
children and twenty-lour great-grandchildren. She cared '" ner in 
valid husband lor more than eighteen year, and was never heard to 
oomolain Her lile ol sacrifice and sell-den.al lor others is a challenge 
« all who knew her. Funeral in the Wakenda church by Rev. 
Coftman assisted by the writer. Interment in cemetery near by. 
O H. Feiler, Norborne, Mo. 

Lohman. Michael G.. son ol Jacob and Charlotte Lindem.n Lohman. 
died in Waynesboro, Pa.. Jan. 2. 1928. aged 67 yea,,. 7 month, and 
27 day,. In September, 192S, a, a time ol severe illness he called or 
the elders was received into the church and anointed. He wa. re- 
stored to health sufficiently to participate in two communion «nrlcei 
and to attend church services. His last illne.. .., 1 111. til. talf « 
h He is survived by his wile, nee Dowhn, five children. 

aeven grandchildren and three brother.. Servicii in thi Wayuiiboro 



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church by Elders Moore and 0=11*. Interment i» Price', eemetery.- 
Sudie M. Wineert, Waynesboro, Pa. 

3 >.„«. .i.e «»«" !c ^', ou I C d. b ,T„r,or SSntCtftS « 
^'prletd'hZ""^-: rnd'SoL reroa.. P.nera, by Bro. || 
O. F. Sbaw.-Jas. Q. Gmilhnour. Deeatur, 111. Jg 

r^A s s s^rass sh;i S 

united with the church Oct. 11, '?»• °° d ' M °|^T C C.» W»ddSc & 
SST ^vJTiU* f^.^See.ieT^ter,-^ | 

SP NX V 5 ;::'. teL>. ,o,i» B e.. da„ f ,er oi Br. Ernes, and M. X 
rid. Naff died Dec. 23, 1927. at bet home near Wirtz. Va, oi Jaryn 

™ , MLt 8 an atbaek oi diphtheria, aged 6 year, 1 month. „d {| 

£ days. She i. survived by her parents and two ... '«* J" "™ & 

,„ the home by Elders J. B. Peters and J. W. Bamhart. Bnr.al ^ 

the horue.-Essie R. Boitnott, Wirt., Va. f 

92 years. 7 months and 1 day. »V|"' N R„ bi „ s „„, a member oi & 

ter. iu ~'. c ™ ..._i,~r <if vfirt. hut scent bis declining years t^. 

He lived .n Orc«o|. a . umber oi yea . but ., ^^^ g 

with h.s nranddauihter in Lo> Anceies ra • d SJ 

throUKh his Bible the last year by means ot a maguttyutg gi.i i . s 

E% h -- l .o.^,^oSt"awneSSy.J£i:W.^rR | 

by the writer. Burial in the Husband cemetery, v, g 

b ^„S2S^'prs D ie M &.^^d^ru I 

born in Somerset <-"lnt7. ra, u ch Bro Lelth . s 

e"™ 'asLfd *' *- IS.: Methodist Burin, jr. .be Whitten * 

cemetery.-Mrs. I. D. Leatherman. Grundy Center, lea. * 

Reedy, Marhn, son ol Brother and Sister Albert Reedy, died o J 

.."rE, ," , ,028 aged 7 years, 10 months and 3 days. Funeral ^ 

D f Bro Harper Snavil^ Interment in Odd F.l.ow, cemetery-Mr, j 

Ru.sel E. Brosius, Shamok.n, Pa. J 

a" store and on the morning oi Dec » be bad been in the ..ore about { 
two hours when he fell ™,M4tal in a tew ^ ^^ ^ J 

jdth "«^ii"Vi."7 the local ehureh feel j 

Lower Cumberland congregation a r A Bo lug Springs ' 
they have lost an untiring and ta.thiul .or ker ^ A Sun i v . sc hool 

he wa. chorister Jor many ye«rs_ »o ,»!» se ™f [„„ ,;„*„,, hi , , 

superintendent. He „ survived by two ta« , 

Sr°eb r 'by , Bro an J on„"He C , h si d r„. S , Mt. Zion cemetery.- , 

Pearl M. Trimmer, Carlisle, Pa. ,.,,„, William ' 

r^aXarf Lebma" h btr„°'M"eb L 'r,S. 1£f3S"*'£ « . 

1877. To this union were born elevon *«»"■. ™ ~' b „ tner ,, 
daughters. The husband, three so ns five dang iters two 
,„„ sisters and thirty-eigh, ^andehililien arej ft- be rf 

and loving mother and loved by ^ 1 »„ ^™» "« ^ ,-„„„,, oi the 

B 'sf J^Ma'uriee Allen, .on of Brother -1 Ste Arthur St. John, 
di!d DeTl7, .927, aged 5 yea,, 2 «>»"•'»"»,« tuiering "a" in e„« 
anxious to attend Sunday-school. Although hi . »«««™« ^ ,„„„. 
he exercised great patience, he ..as .«■". .!.*-« and one-- 

brothcr-lervicX'byX 'JET* "^-ryVove church, assisted 
by H. H. Hendrieks-G. S. Throne, Pioneer. Ohio. 
Sl.W, Samuel J., born near Terr. Alb. W V.. d.ed .^ * . ȣ 

stricken with pneumonia which developed into arthritis. His no 
was in Portland, Ore., and he came to Emmett m ^ t ™^ M |o J'Sh 
^^rL'^^^'Se^f .,^3 ed^roro 

^'ann'fbiec £j£=TS one^'brcS,. M^ -fcj- 
of the undersiRncd by Eld. S. F. Niswander.-W. H. Sislcr, tmmet , 
Idaho. f ,- 

Smith, Clyde R., formerly of Morgantown, W . Va and sor , ol wo. 
M. and Mary E. Smith, died a. his home ,n Cumberland Md.. FJec. 
16. 1927, aged 44 year,. 11 month, and 1 day. Me married Lucy 
Rebecca Coffm.n ol Cumberland, Md. To this -J™^ 1 V 
son, and nine daughter, Hi. companion and eb. Me „„,« ^ 

l h memTe"li ffSS'-'S.^JK for about twenty year. 
Funeral in the Brethren chnrcl, by the writer Interment in Mt. Union 
cemetery— Obed Hamstead. Morgantown, W- Va. 

Smith. Dale Robert, died Dec. 11, 1927, aged 5 yean, 3 »>»°™' j» 
11 day, He wa, the only child oi Robert and Vcrn.ce Smith. Services 
at the Ivester church by Bro. Leatherman. Burial in the Eldor. 
cemetery— Mrs. I. D. Leatherman, Grundy Center, towa. 

Snyder, Geo. Andrew, son of Mr. and Mrs Wm. Snyder horn in 
Elkhart Township, died Dec. 18. 1927, aged 61 years 7 montn,^ ai no 
7 day, He married Amanda Alice Cripe. He bad been »»«»»£ 
of the We,, S^c Church o, the ^»XS""".«J « >»« 

wTt'sid™ chur'ch", E,d. Wm. *>».'•'»<" g™' Sen ft 
Burial in We.t Side cemetery— Mrs. Clayton Ganger. Oosnen. .no 

Vnr, Sister Lucinda, eldest child of Brother and Sister Wm. 
Varner of Highland County. Va.. died Sept. 20, 1927 aged 27 year, 
and 6 days. Her health was failing for _»« time but "ben hardly 
able she would attend church service, She leave, lather »i™IJ 
five sisters and a brother. Services by the writer at the home ol the 
parents— A. S. Thomas. Bridgewater, Va. 

Wade, John J., son oi Jefferson and Mary Wad. born ■" F™nk'.n 
County, Va., died a. hi, home near Cabool, Mo., Dee 25 »»■ »S' a 
75 year, 10 month, and 10 day,. In 1882 he married Entail. B.oM 
Peters. To this union were born .even children, all of wborn wilh i the 
mother survive, except the oldest who died ,n infancy. He moved 
to Cabool in the fall ol 1887 where he lived until b„ death In 1S91 
be united with the Church of the Brethren. A ew l«M> be wa 
elee.ed deacon in which office he served Until h„ "''"tt'^Zi 
years ago. He called for the anointing one week before he d.ed. 
Funeral by Brethren C. W. Gitt and A. M Peterson at . ,e Gr eenwood 
ehureh. Burial in Greenwbod cemetery— R. E. Wade, Cabool, Mo. 

Witmor, Elirabcth K„ daughter of Emanuel and Hannah Kauffman. 
horn in Lagrange County, Ind.. died in the General Hospital at 
WSJS. Ind 8 Dec. 17, 19 y 27, aged 65 year, 2 month, and 2 day. 
She is survived by her stepmother, one brother and one sisic . 
ices at the Nappanee cborch by the home ministers. Interment in 
the South Union cemetery— David Met.ler, Nappanee, Ind. 



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■ .- a,*, effected a few months ago win 
accepted. This organ.iat.on we. en cvcry s da , 

Sister Mioeva Martm, pres.de n . »"*°» dH „„„„,„„ are g.veo 
evening before the church serv.ee ana ■ "~L :. .riven in the main 
b, "he young people. An occasional pr°S«"J " f v „„. Mph 

room when both old and young £* *,' ,e ic. U „, meeting, which 
Sehlosser of P^'^Five^ccepfed Christ. The inspiring. Sp.r.t- 
con.inued for Iwo weeks. l»a^P>ei s ,,o„ld have 

tiled messages wb,cb f™ ^"'c,',, 'christmas morning the eh.ldr.a 
caused many to dec.de for Chr si ; u " ^ ,.,, „,„„ consi.lmg of 
of the Sunday-school rendered a., an ro , _ P ^ fclHb- 1, 

song, recitations, exercises etc. '" > L Christmas gilts. Dee. 

the Aid Society among aged and 1 tint >»• rf ,„, Sund 

26 two classes oi young lad.es. " '", C hri!l.nas carols, a recita- 
school, rendered a Program consist a ug » Home Re . 

- a , talk hv Bro Abram ssis at me *"" » ,. 

those at the orphonagc.-Gertruoe 

^ WU. church me. in annua, council Dec w,.h Bit* 

Cape, presiding. He was rc.amcd as on J>« , lAerill w l di„t i 

year, also Bro. E. E. S, "!" s " ,° k ,„ d Sister Minnie Bashore, 
J. H. Shellenhe,g„ as writing c,=rk. cs and jOT( ^ ^ 

-Messenger' agent, ,n ' ""'"■, , ,„ S ept. 1, so our pastor was 
change the pastoral year from Apr,. 1 o » P^, ^^ Work «„- 
elected to stay with u. - |£-Ch.». Ke „„, president. The love 
Society was reorgan.red .th ^ B ro l & ,«, Sunday evening, 

feast at the Cood Will house "" " . Christmas evening the 

with examination services in the ..or. ... g Cometh, 

children gave a program follow «d b e pagean t. ( ^^ d 

by the young people. Jan. - a g»°™ h h brought a New 

at the home of our pastor and >""?""? °™'. , h , yea r.- 

Vear's gilt as a token of appreciation of his services 
Elsie M. Krissinger, McAli.tcrv.lle, 1 a., Jan. »■ 

Green Tr«.-0. Christmas morning *'»«« «»« "^"J ^ 
a number of our young people •*■•«« %„„,.;„,. A, the Cos. 
Zuck, sang Christmas carol, at <£ J""" £ £„' „., giv «„ in the 
of the Sunday-school lesson a Chi -In : I r e departments, 

church, mostly by the children ol ^ ■» ' , ta IJ p. t,. , 

In the evening a pageant, Gifts. « h "~ = ' w „ itc Gi ,„. 
after which the classes brought to the mange' M ,„„ 

Then most fittingly a young man ga i «n» >-' - 

service of the Master; in a most ""g'^^Xwer. a fcens. to 
pastor Bro. Rep.ogic ga »e o Bro J. »» Al^ ^ ^ „,„ 

^Cb^ii^^nHS SHaVerS !ftift.^= 

F= u,:Verr R .Se^^^I ^V.'. SLttS 
all were kneeling in prayer and I thus the New 
Susan J. Famous. Royersford, Pa., Jan. J. 
Han.vor.-Bro. John My., o. Eustis, Fla who »a, our forme, 

s ,rmonlorn,Dec.4 s \Ve , ^ Jae[jb £ M „„ 

was elected Sunday-scnooi sup Meciing. Tie Sunday- 

rcelec.ed president of the Chmt.ar V .o'k«« »« , di= ,,„ g „ c ,, 

school rendered a program Chr.-tmas ™»™°* ««*»• J, „ ff „ tag „, 
songs and a pageant, t , th « Htjhetf, al «r wh <a ^ 27 ^ 
$14.90 was lilted. The Sunday school ad - m „„„-„. 

"'\; rg "™,ear\ work werf considered. The Sunday-school re- 
,og the «« '"" ™"^' teacher! were appointed and the 

VSA 'Cass- eL h c t ,ed P ",°h"r' own ,eaeb„.-M„y A. Ehmehart, 
Hanover, Pa., Jan. S. anrister 

Smeltery 'memK.S vcdun.ar, payment by those able. Deo. 

Las-oe^finSlll^"^. feTple ch, a^fine ae^n. I.J. 
evening the Lebanon male chorus r.nd.re »r v, e ' »™" ^« 

ior-'r^rrio 8 , £ p 3S'.TSi' I . j. v-jyj-*-. 

continuing to Feb. S inclusive, an evangelist* service will be con- 
ducted b* Eld. Rufu. Bucher.-Mrs. Christian L. Martin, Lancaster, 

""tower Coaewago congregation met in council at the W«lga"i»' h 
house Dec. 3 with Eld. G. W. Harlacl.e, ,„ charge. The rco '«•■>»>««" 
of the Sunday-school followed and officers were elected with Walter 
Cod ^ superintendent. A very "^'"rjie'V 
the Bermudian h.u.e Dee, 9 lo 11 h, Bro. »'* „ " ld J'J' 
from Eli.abetl.iown. Bro. M. A. Jacob, of \ork, Pa_, « ill hold a 
series of meeting, at the Bermudian house beg.nn.ng Sept. 2.-A. L. 
Trimmer. East Berlin, Pa, Jan. 6. 

Pleaaant Hill.-We enjoyed having with us .he past lew month! 
ministering hreihren from ad oining congiegalions. Bro. J. M. Danner 
"fTa.t Berth, preached for u, al Pleasant Hill house on Nov. 6 On 
Thanksgiving Day our annual service wa, held a. Jl.a.an, Hill hj»«. 
An oUcring ol 564.4J wa, lifted to. -world-wide missions. Dec 3 • 
met in council with David B. Hol.I pre.id.ng. The winter was re 
elected Sunday-school superintendent. Nov. 27 Bro. S. K. Ula tron. 
Pinev Creek congregaiion preached al the Beaver Creek house. Dec. 4 
IS'j. M M~?e was with us a, Pleasant Hill house an. ably dis- 
cussed the Sunday-school lesson and preached lor us Our Sunday 
school rendered a Christina, program con„,..ng of rec.lat.on. snec.al 
,ong, and addresses by .be home nnni,ter». Jan 1 we rcorgani.ed 
our Sunday-school looking forward to better serv.ee and attendance 
this year.— Paul K. Newcomer. Spring Grove, Pa., Jan. 4. 

Snake Spring church held i.s regular council Dec. 31 will, Bro. 
Alva Shuss presiding. Bro. Henry Baker was reelected on .he 
Sunday-school Board and Bro. J.me, C. Snyder on the hoard ol 
A. Soyder was elected clerk for another year, 
two letters of membershin have been granted. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 21, 1928 

Vello. « church me, In council at the Bethel houae De, 3> -Ub 
Eld. D. A. Stayer pres,d,n Bj The .follow ng choo| . D ro. Wm. 

£s..."^s. -'- tH? w=»::rk^": !£ 

24 Tlie offerings were used tor child 
Snyder. Hopewell, Pa., Jan. 6- 

TENNESSEE 

Liberty-Bro. Je.se Clark "•"**•$£,£&& "fteHliich 
that nigh,. Sunday morn.ng <^^J^L which wa, amjoyed 
Bro. Clark gave us an up fl.ng , h rs.n, ^^ ,„ e 

by all present. An offering rf JO «" „„ „. y, p. D . gave 

expense ol a revival »»et™ ■ »»" y cl t pr „ched another m- 

o Christmas program, alter which "> T i a ., g 

a Christmas pg Isenberg, Jonesboro, Tenn., Jan. 

spiring sermon.-Mrs. J. mlbcrt 

N ,„ Hope church met V^TlS elec.ee. for he coming yean 
presiding. The following ^""^J ^-Lmlcn,. D. C. Morr.llj 
Elder. A. M Laughrun Sunda acl.oo P . „ rr „ po „de„t, the 

Jan 8. Mrs. Mary K. Clark. Jonesboro. Ten.. Jan. 6. 

VIRGINIA 

-aT r^ne^burTr ^^£^gS£ 

?",„: s ^i,icid 7^,.^ - s.'j.ssr.r 

Be.blehem congregation. Eld. i. «- A ,„„ w „ 

gregation took charge ol the »«»»'" m ™- j clcrk: Glady, Flora, 
elected elder in change; ; a W. Bowman^^ ^^^ „„„„,„.. Me , 
correspondent! H. J. Boitnoi.c b ^ compos( . d o( about 

scnger" agen.s. Tl .new »»=;«» riect ed Eld. L. A. Bown.ao 

300 members. Alter the "«;"'"' dc ,„ carrying forward <he 

,00k charge. hurthcr plans 
work.-Gladys Flora, Boone Mill. Va., Jan. 



Unl, y .-Our love ^^^^^ ^ ~ £££ X 

S-B.'SrJwS-.-TS »*-■ 6 0» - --r.rtn rtae b S; 
a. two weeks' meeting, closing I\ov. 6. l» !»« j forcc . 

:„r.l,e laige crowds _ each ^^t°,^T,^Li« 
hT'nrdnIr,'o, S rS,y S Soru,.' A. a dn^c. «*- d- -^ 
•r^ CSm = fe rpa, k r«Lm r fa, ^itioir, Ijve 
grea.ly ft««^ .^St^e,, emt'r E «h.n the te.e,.e% and 
oSs dr.he^Suod'ay^hoo, were galled under the direct.^, 
Bro. C. E. Nair. The school w.,h B ro C G W h .. m J Br<j 

.enden. is pre.s.ng forward The Fa.r V Su n > ^ ^ 

S| E ,tr; erS'forTh' B. ¥T. D.T.2 with Sis.e, Nina Huffman 
"as^prosidStgan .heir du.ie, on , Oe, 1. A. * -^JJ « 
organired the Jun.o, J^gue. S.sUi^ Ann^ ,. R ol.er J^ & ^^ 

were placed in charge. A. our novemner c c DC . et1 , W as named 

wa. reelected elder for >»= «,£ ' M ™ „* ^ fS. correspond- 
"Mcs.enger" agen. and S.iter Gra ce ». i «''; rf , h , d .. 

cnt. Our Thanksgiving mcet.ng was held on I he even.ng 
An in.ere.t.n, program ol r,ci,a,,ons, readmg, mu , and a ,hor 

T l 2 ™ •v^-'fosShag. a, Tn,r„e„^tm£f J ^ coigrega\io„ 

Sv?/ered!£ B ££--£ StTS ilvtr-'Sa 

a very in.eres.ing raining chiss^ Atjh.! ^ ^ 

a 'o°rk"If"Br'e"„rcn r Joe wimple indRolie, a very successful Sunday- 
Z hoVluf, be'Tcar-.i.d on fhi» year a, Union Chape. They gave an 
iuicrcting Christmas program Dec. 26 and at th„ time a., onexini 
was taken for repairing .he church. Program, were ah^ g ,v«» »._ 
Fa,,view and B-J.^^tJ'S,' '^ ^"were' held a, 
Bethd "d'ur. , C hc"hoi,;.ys:-Sa,a g Myers. Broadway. Va., Dec. 31. 



Sanger^, church me, in eounei, Dec 2 wUh W. J^M^^ 
^ i ^„k T K„^o;:"nI^i.ne,e c m,fo.--,h^acon i 

Bro. J. M. Fo„.r was reelec ,«d .We r » ch. «,,„„,„. D ec. 2B 
g ave a A Chr,s.m„ ijrogram^ each o^ou^ ^ , Arg „ b „ gh , 

Bridgewater, Va Jan. »■ Dec 3 , „,,„ E , d . H. L. 

White Rock church assembled m count ^ jom „, mc ,„ 

Beed presiding. VV. dee .ded to have a rev ^ q ^ d 

July or August. Bret ren j. w minillry . Since our last report 
their w.ves were installed into inc their w|vej have 

neen^tS ^I'^J^'^ M SS5 
-tc'forTbus 1 ; yra'r'.lnh'e^'s'uSner. Carthage. Va.. Jan. , 

WASHINGTON 

„ . i i,,= »n.r.vt»<l some special meetings 

North Spokane.-Oor church ''» "I"', ^, ristm a',, our Sunday- 
during .he holiday season. On Sunday n.gn ., the 

«h»l gave the Chris.m.s program ,, HW«. ___ abou , ^ „ 

presented White Gilts for the K .ns wh. . n a. |an diff „ rc „ t 

„,h and .upphe,. ** » " '," „ ,' , fomi.ie, in .he neighbor- 
missions and the supphes given ou. .o . cantata, Under 
hood. On Wednesday even.nj, ^.f^'^ „, c Chrietm.. program 
the Palms, with fort, vo.ee. n the hor U ^ At ,h c „,el,.s 
,wo oi our Sunday-school c h.l. .en came lor Q blby wa s 
Sdl'd .^l ."^f '^ J^Day. h fro,her and^-cr 

J. U. G. Stiverson. Spokane, Wash Jan. 3. ^^ 

Richtod Valley church enjoyed tvvo week Wa 

sage,, which were g.ven » »» b ',™i " w . Thc general .heme ol the 
The meetings closed the evening, ni a, ( tbe meet , ng 

meeting, wa, Christ and the Church. The last » rf Asia 

wa, given over lully to sermon, on The ^'"^.^^ „ g „d, c , s 
Bro. Eby labored with us v«y ear. r fifty-five years 

of his advanced a g . of seven.,- >>'" »"'»■ ",',. „ c s „ re th « church 
he ha, been preaching .he Gospel ol CI >^- Wl cbu „„ mrt Dec. 
has been wondcrlully strengthened spiritually. ^ ^ ^j^. Mrs 
29 ,o organize lor »«»?'?? R y J| p„' ki „,, Su „day-.chool superin- 
Anna Chrisiman, church elerk, X~ A. rer , •■ Me „.„ger " 

tendentj Chrisi.a,. _, U ,~ ^ulen. Me ton ^^ Jan $ 

agent, Lucy Cl, s.man. R »« con,i,.i»B of .ong. and 

"?"tt».S't? he Sunday-school. The White Gilt «'»'««" 
readings Wasgivci j us . (u , art j c lcs ol clothing and some money 

partic.pa.ed .n and many use," a, S unday-school Christmas 

were ^"\'° 1 ,^'cLtl^ Budge, amounted to $93 25. In the 
offering lor the Annual , Co e rene e » » „, , hl „oly Nai.v.ty 

evening a large audienee^ glistened ro ,„ dl . t , 1 ,, p o( „ur musical 

by tbe choral union « nder ^ Day ^ ,,„,„, Bro^ 

director, Bro. 9. C. Wood!. "" Another Year, or a New 

C. Ernes. Davis, gave us a message com ing year. In the 

Year, inspiring u, all .0 J™"""^ ^ ' P ,. e" Crisis and What 

w fo!r ,0^ Sah„g s wf i*- °» -^] r-s! 
muc^ 5t?.xs ^i"^ kr 5s.s rsFuc 

being much apprcc.a.ed.-Mrs. O. ^ Miiers, 

,an 3 WEST VIRGINIA 

"!' in co „„cil Dec, 29 with Eld. Obed 
Ml. Union congregation me. in officer, were elec.ed: church 

Ham.lcad prcding. Jhe following other, nden ,. , „. 

clerk. Robert Sterner; the wr.ier u - en.e Ham.tead. 

Spi.chcr, Sunday-school >?»«™'™"'' "" p ^, c „, reclaimed a. 
„a, unaoimou.ly reeleC.d lor ana her year «~ >m „ April 

,„i, council, making th.r ty-.hr e *l- . '°J« w „ aBte „ bly ,„. 
when our ""»«< P"! s % v W °i-hV n h d.nd. and neighbor, gave him a 
„„'„", O „ n pSy.-Mr. S S»mue, Hayes. M.rgan.own. W. Va., Jan. 6. 






THIRTY YEARS 

$760,366.79 

Our first annuity bond was issued in 1897. Others followed 
in rapid order. The following table shows the amount pa d 
back to annuitants on their donations by the Annuity Plan 
each year and also the grand total paid back in thirty years. 



—Mr. 



Since our last report two le.tcis „. ........ ,- — 

On Christmas morning thc Sunday-school rendered a prog 
Samuel Wyles, Everett. Pa.. Jan. 7. 

Somer.ct.-Tbe children gave a short program Dec. 23 followed by 
an illustrated Christmas story. At this time our offcrmg for missions 
was laken; the audience wa. asked to trim our Chr.stma. tree w.th 
one dollar bill, or larger bills it they so desired; the response was 
very nice On Sunday evening thc choir gave a pageant to a large 
appreciative audience. Our young people are getting ready to give 
the program Sunday evening, Jan. IS. instead ol the church scrvice.- 
Margaret L. Gnagey, Somerset, Pa., Jan. 7. 



1897 $ 1,501.76 

898 4 ' 081 ' 49 

,899, 4,889.61 

190GV 5,536.77 

1901 7,111.92 

962 8,097.74 

im .: 10,204.24 

1904' '" 11,560.26 

9S5 12,871.08 

1906'. I'.'.'.'. 13,248.00 

1907 15,073.63 

1908', '.'.'. 15,813.66 

1909 15,802.93 

910 17,513.69 

9 1 "' 19,255.82 



1 .. 21,320.15 

{9(3 .. 23,621.71 

{9J4 ... 26,888.63 

,915 32,034.61 

1916 " ... 32.S54.18 

£17 .... 35,597.45 

1918 "" 39,295.66 

919 " .... 41,649.20 

1920 ■" .... 45,084.19 

1921 '" ... 46.054.55 
i92' .... 47,096.56 

923 "" .... 49,808.53 
1B24' . 50,586.86 

1925 1 '■;;;: 52,760.02 

926! '.: 53,451.89 



Grand Total W366.79 

As many of those of our friends to whom we paid annuity 
in years past have passed on to their reward ,t is apparent 
that many new annuity friends have been added to make pos- 
sible a. steady increase in the figures above. 

Dear Reader, is it possible you may not know of our 
Annuity Plan? Please address a card to our trea surer C. M. 
Culp 22 South State Street, Elgin, Illinois, and ask for Booklet 
M-218. He will understand. 

(!ei\eral MissioiN. Board 

^J OI THE CHUBCH or THE BRETHREN #P 

Elgirv.. Illinois 



The Gospel Messenger 



I the Kingdom shall be preached 
"Ih^whok world."-Matt. 24; 14. 



" This Gospel of t 



THY KINGDOM COME "— Matt. 6-. io ; u.u e ": * 



i Christ."— Eph. 4: 13. 



the nature of 



Vol. 77 



Elgin, 111., January 28, 1928 



No. 4 






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In This Number 



M wETsi»ll We Do With Our Message (H. A. B.) ? ;;* 

Striking a Final Balance, ;■- 49 

They Make a Good Church, S6 

Among the Churches 57 

Around the World, ■■■•■■■■• '""' 57 

The Quid Hour (R. H. M.) 

Forward Movement— , ^ 53 

The Money Test, •■•■■-•'••""•". S3 

Our Annual Goal. By M. G. West 

General Forum— 50 

T= Life (Fw=0. £■ Hcwr.d K--.m J.- 50 

Flashlights From History. -No. 9. By Jno. S. I lory, 

The Challenge of Industry. By E. D. Nolt, 

The Bible and World Builder*. By J. Clyde Forney 

The Plea of the Prophets. By W. J. Swigart •.--■■" ""-V^ 
The ForeiKn Missions Conference of 1928. By Chas. D. Bousauk, b£ 

The lorign ' Q , Bv 0tho winger ■■« 

grCh'i^^^Ho?; Ghost Establish the Church? By Reuel ^ 

B Prltchett, eq 

A Friendly Reply. By Wm. Wells 

Pastor and People — c. 

Home VU!t.tion Emrim. "'J™"',, 100 " ""J 

The Church With a Vis.o... By S. Z. Sm.«b ■■■■;■ 

Our Secular.zed Public Schools. By John Luke Holt • 

"^■"hinT^n, and Beautiful (Poeu,). Selected by Anna Lesh, SS 

Deeds of Kindness. By D. E. Crip. £ 

Trust the Truth. By L«Ja R. TmHj, . . ■-• ■•■■■_■ ■";;;; s 

A Sensible Black Cat. By Grace Hdetnan Miller 



...EDITORIAL... J 



What Shall We Do With Our Message? 

Conserve Our Message 

There are several things that we. as members of the 
Church of the Brethren, can and ought to do with our 
message. Perhaps the first and most obvious tiling is 
to make sure that it will be conserved. The world is 
not so rich but that it needs every bit of light which 
can be shed upon the meaning and purpose of life. 
And if we as a church have some constructive message 
to give or some special emphasis to place, we should 
seek to conserve and enrich our contribution from gen- 
eration to generation. 

Conservation is a greater service than many sup- 
pose. For there have been times in the history of the 
world when about the only service it was possible to 
render was the conservation of information or vital 
ideals. One has but to review what we owe to the 
past to see how the stream of our civilization has 
sprung from many sources. At times it has narrowed 
to a slender thread as humanity passed through some 
period of physical stress or prolonged era of social 
upheaval. The finest elements of our civilization are 
not secure except as appreciative groups unite to con- 
serve them from age to age. 

The Church of the Brethren has frequently been 
criticized for seeming contentment with standing for 
vital ideals. Why has not the church made more of 
her convictions concerning peace, self-control, the sim- 
ple life, brotherhood as the ideal human relation and 
eagerness to vitalize religion by discovering and doing 
the whole will of God? There is reason for embar- 
rassment as we face this question. We should have 
done more in the past, we ought to do more in the 
present and we must do more in the future. But all 
of this should not blind us to the fact that it was and 
is a great thing to conserve vital ideals through un- 
congenial times. If we of this generation have come 
to a day of the open door, a day when there is an 
opportunity to do more than stand for- certain ideals, 
then this challenge is our responsibility. And we can 
not discbarge it by criticizing the attitude of the men 
of the past ; indeed, we are unworthy the heritage con- 
served for us, if we who feel we have a vision in possi- 
bilities, do not try to realize it to the utmost of our 
ability. 
Live Oar Message 

The first step toward a more aggressive presentation 
of our message is that we should seek the more ear- 
nestly to realize our ideals in the every day of life. 



Let us examine ourselves as individuals, congregational 
groups and as a denomination to see wherein we have 
failed to measure up to the implications of our mes- 
sage. Are those who stand for peace conspicuous as 
peacemakers in private and public life? Do our lives 
indicate that the ideal of peace is within reach of those 
who would seek it earnestly? There is ample reason 
for pause here. For we who have made so much of 
our peace ideal have at times shown a surprisingly 
combative attitude toward each other. There are sad 
chapters in the lives of individuals and in the history 
of our denomination which indicate that too often 
we have been content to stand for peace though un- 
willing to pay the price of realization in everyday life. 
Something the same might be said with respect to our 
attitude toward self-control, luxury, our fellow-men 
and our God. We can hardly expect to conserve our 
message if we do not make a more earnest effort to 
live it. If we would impress the world with the prac- 
tical value of our idealism we must disclose the fruits 
of the Christian spirit in our everyday lives. If we 
would make our message attractive to this generation 
we must of all men live peaceably, shun luxury, seek 
the beauty of simplicity, love and serve our fellow-men 
and so reflect the spirit and heart of God. 
Share Our Message 

How can we live our message and keep it to our- 
selves? In the long run we can not just keep our 
message and have it too. God's multiplication tables 
are based on division. In the physical world growth is 
by cell division. For the cell that does not divide is 
doomed to early death, whereas the cell that does 
divide becomes two, four, eight, sixteen, thirty-two and 
so on, until in the course of a few generations its pos- 
sibilities stagger the imagination. The same principle 
holds in the realm of the spiritual. Ideals can not be 
long conserved, and they are not really lived, until they 
are shared. 

There are two principal ways by which our message 
may be shared. First, each member of the church is a 
committee of one commissioned to do whatever he or 
she can toward the sharing of the message. One of 
the greatest opportunities which come to an individual 
member, especially when isolated, is to stand as a win- 
some, exponent of Christian idealism. Often a single 
family, or even an individual, has profoundly in- 
fluenced a whole community for good. In New Testa- 
ment times the believers went everywhere preaching 
the Word. Their success was marvelous, but there is 
no good reason why it could not be repeated today 
if the individual method were as widely used. 

While faithful activity on the part of the individual 
member is fundamental, it is not the only method by 
w'hich we can share our message. There are some 
types of Kingdom work which are more economically 
and efficiently done through united effort. And it is 
for this reason amongst others, that we need churches. 
The organized group can undertake the type of enter- 
prise where time and ample resources are special re- 
quirements. For even on the home field there are 
many tasks far beyond the financial resources or men- 
tal abilities of the average individual. For example, 
one family can hardly provide all that is needed by 
its members in religious instruction and inspiration; 
this may be most economically and efficiently done 
through sharing in the work of the local congregation. 
Few parents can furnish the Christian education they 
desire their children to receive, but when a group 
unites to support a Christian college the task can be 
the most efficiently and economically done. No one 
individual has the time and strength, much less the 
means, to gather and interpret the news and best 
thought of the Brotherhood. The best way to do this 
is for the group to maintain a church paper. Thus 



in the sharing of the message of the church there is 
a place for both private and organized activity. 
Explore Our Message 

The really vital message is the one which continually 
presents some new vista for dreamers and some en- 
larged field of conquest for the doer. For men are not 
especially interested in an easy task; in general, they 
prefer those enterprises which present in some measure 
the challenge of the impossible. Now as for the ideals 
held by the Church of the Brethren, there is nothing 
wanting in this respect. The challenge of peace, self- 
control, simplicity, brotherhood and love of God is so 
inclusive that it is really difficult to make striking prog- 
ress toward the realization of these several goals. In- 
deed, they present the challenge of the impossible so 
completely that we have always found it much easier 
to stand for them than to realize them in everyday life. 
But however impossible they seem, we must not be 
satisfied with anything short of perfection as the ideal 
toward which to strive. Hence, as one explores our 
message, as he marks out its implications, he finds that 
we have all that youth need ask as a challenge to its 
powers. And if our youth would succeed they need 
not look about to evaluate the achievements of other 
generations. For having discovered in some measure 
the implications of our heritage, youth had best con- 
tinue to explore— and that not alone the field to be 
conquered, but the divine strategy by which it is to be 
subdued. For after having sensed the greatness of 
our message we need also to discover the means by 
which it may be more fully realized in everyday living. 
What shall we do with our message? We are sure 
it is worth conserving, and that to do this we must 
live and share it. But this series is not quite complete. 
No one generation can fully grasp all that it seeks. 
Yet somehow we of this generation must interpret cer- 
tain gleaming, stainless ideals in terms of present 
needs. We must conserve, live, share and explore- 
then reverse the process and explore, share, live and 
conserve such ideals as peace, self-control, simplicity 
and whole-hearted fellowship with men and with God. 
These are some of the things which we can do with 
our message. H. a. b. 



Striking a Final Balance 

Had you heard of the person who has " finally bal- 
anced his accounts and knows that all his important 
assets are in the spiritual world"? We saw a refer- 
ence to him the other day but his name was not men- 
tioned. Is it you? 

A final balance means that everything has been fig- 
ured in. Have you done that? Did you count the un- 
satisfactory lasting qualities of material pleasures? 
And the sharp hurt that is so often left when they are 
gone? Did you reckon at full value the deep satisfied- 
ness with which a service of pure love fills the soul? 

They Make a Good Church 

Isn't this a fine ideal for a church-" A communion 
of spiritual believers each contributing to the life of 
all"? What could be finer? 

See how the ideal of mutual concern runs through 
it enfolds it. Note the rich word "communion." 
That ought to be enough. Besides that there is each 
one sharing with all the rest, enlarging and deepening 
the common life. 

Then this company is made up of " spiritual be- 
lievers " That means they are believers in God. in 
Christ, in righteousness, in love, in the supremacy of 
spiritual values. 

Folks like that know just what to do with the ma- 
terial things of this world. They know what to live 
for. 



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GENERAL FORUM 



To Life 

BY HOWARD KEIM, JR. 
The years go by, and still they go, 
In a never, never ending flow 
Of sunshine and rain, joy and pain: 
Life after all is not in vain, 
It is nothing more nor less 
Than what we make it, so why not the best? 

So much there is of beauty, so much that's true, 
I will not see the ugly, the false, will you? 
So many days of sunshine, such lovely days of rain, 
To fret o'er the faults of nature, would be in vain; 
So many folks arc good, so many hearts are pure, 
I'll not harp on the crook, neither will you, I m sure. 

Snow flakes could not be more perfectly white, 
The stars could not be more lovely at night, 
Morning dew could not be more pure on the rose, 
Nor brighter color be, than in the sunset glows; 
Mountains if made by man couldn't be half so grand ; 
Nothing is so humble or numerous as the grains of sand. 

Let mc live, for today just at my best, 
And go at my work with a will and a zest; 
Let me cheer those I meet with a smile, 
And practice the doctrine of the second mile; 
Though p?in be mine, let me never whine, 
But hide it, and be happy all the time. 

God help me ever to keep an open mind 

To truth, beauty, and improvements of the lime ; 

Let me build up, encourage, and serve, 

And give to my neighbor all he may deserve. 

Let me speak only the good, the true; 

Let me do today, the things I need to do. 

Let me learn of purity from the dew and the snow, 
And of persistence from the winds that blow; 
Let me of beauty from the sunset learn, 
And humility, from the grains of sand discern ; 
Strength from the mountains may I imbibe, 
And joy and gladness from the rose derive. 
McPherson, Kans. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 28, 1928 

well-to-do and lived in ease and plenty. Strong 
churches had been built up and life had become easier 
and more leisurely than it once was. 

This condition resulted as such conditions usually 
do. It bred a sort of formalism in the church. The 
Annual Meeting had through the years grown to be a 
powerful ecclesiastical body. Its decisions were no 
longer advisory opinions for the guidance and uni- 
formity of action in the church, but they were begin- 
ning to be regarded as statutes that must be obeyed. 
Meanwhile also the membership of the church gen- 
erally had come to the condition in life in which they 
might be assumed to have opinions of their own and 
the courage and conviction required to express them. 

So at the middle of the nineteenth century, the 
church was beginning to show evidences of cleavage. 
The body was no longer to move forward as a solid 
phalanx. The movement of the general body 
too fast for some and ton slow for others, 
groups were soon 
century following 



was 
Three 

discernible, and in the quarter of a 
1850, these three factions came 



Flashlights from History 

BY JNO. S. FLORY 

IX. The Rise af Factions 
The middle of the nineteenth century is an epochal 
date in our history. In general terms, this is the di- 
vision point between two eras. We have been looking for 
the most part into local situations. We shall now take 
a more general view. Looking backward from 1850 
there is three-quarters of a century of largely un- 
directed development. 

This is a period of migrations. During these years 
the Brethren Church had spread from the Delaware 
River to the Rocky Mountains and from Michigan and 
Iowa to Texas. It was a period of struggle, sub- 
duing wild nature, establishing homes and churches. 
Since the Revolutionary War the church had had no 
paper and the only means of union among the Breth- 
ren was the -Annual Meeting, personal letters, and occa- 
sional visits. 

During this period, there was considerable drifting 
apart and a consequent difference of usages, as we 
have seen. But these things were the result of cir- 
cumstances, and are not to be wondered at. 

It is really remarkable that fifty thousand people 
could have maintained such unity of thought and prac- 
tice and ideals as existed among the Brethren for 
three-quarters of a century with such meager external 
means to unite them. Certainly the Spirit of God had 
a large place in their thought and life and this kept 
them largely one. 

While there were differences, sometimes serious, as 
we have seen, there was little of what may be called 
factions in the church. The differences grew out of 
local conditions, and even when the Brethren differed, 
they differed as a rule in fine Christian spirit. 

But with the middle of the nineteenth century we 
enter upon another period of our history. By 1850 
the church, which had been almost entirely agricul- 
tural, had established itself upon much of the best 
land of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, and 
the rich Mississippi and Missouri River basins beyond. 
Many of the members had prospered, had become 



prominently into the limelight. 

Factions! yes, that is the word. Smaller bodies 
within a larger body seeking to dominate it. Not 
that this was done with any bad motive. On the other 
hand, I believe that each faction, at least in the early 
days, was strictly honest in its purposes, and sought 
power for the sake of making the church what it con- 
ceived the church should be. 

But still they were factions and worked^ as factions. 
One way in which these different interests expressed 
themselves was in an effort to control the Annual 
Meeting. The body that could control the Confer- 
ence would shape the policy of the church. For a 
quarter of a century the factions struggled earnestly 
from year to year to gain dominance of this body. 

There were now three well defined groups. The 
great bulk of the membership took a middle course, 
were conservative and yet forward looking, and stood 
for the plain principles of the Gospel. Another and 
much smaller body was eager to go forward much 
more rapidly than the main body of the church was 
ready to go. And there was an ultraconservative body 
that refused to change in any respect from the things 
that the church had always practiced. All three of 
these points of view, I believe, were held by their 
respective adherents with honest conviction and a 
sincere desire to make the church what they thought 
it should be. 

But the factional spirit was strong and grew stronger 
year by year. Sharp rivalries developed; a disposi- 
tion to win, and to defeat the plans of an opponent, 
were too often apparent. Customs and usages that 
were profoundly sacred to some Brethren were treated 
lightly or ridiculed by others ; and, it must be admitted, 
nearly as unwise remarks were sometimes made in re- 
joinder. " These controversies were carried from the 
home churches to the District and national Confer- 
ences, resulting in bitter personalities, envies, and, it 
is to be feared, hatred, until, sad to say, Christian 
affection and brotherly love were strangers in the camp 
of Israel." One does not need to read far in the 
church literature of the day to see how intense these 
rivalries were. 

In this same quarter of a century an agency had i 
arisen in our church life that had a great deal to do 
with the situation just described. This was the 
church papers. For three-quarters of a century the 
church had been without a church paper. Now fol- 
lowing the middle of the century three separate papers 
were started by the Brethren in less than twenty years. 
Just how these papers related themselves to the fac- 
tions that developed is not so easy to tell. Whether 
the factions developed the papers or the papers the 
factions may be a question. But at any rate they were 
closely related. Each paper represented the ideas and 
ideals of a certain group in the Brotherhood. And as 
was naturally to be expected, as the papers grew in 
influence and prestige, the lines of cleavage between 
the different factions became all the more distinctly 
marked. 

As these differences look definitely to further di- 
visions in the church we shall dismiss them for the 
present and refer briefly yet to the three papers that 



were so intimately identified with these three groups. 

The first of these was The Gospel Visitor, first pub- 
lished by Eld. Henry Kurtz in 1851. Bro. Kurtz lived 
on a farm in northeastern Ohio, five miles from the 
little rural post office of Poland. His printing office 
was the loft over the spring house. His equipment 
consisted of a hand lever press and a few fonts of 
type. His editorial office was the living room of his 
farm house. 

Bro. Kurtz was a scholarly man, a thorough student 
of the Bible and a good thinker. He represented the 
conservative forward looking body of the church. 
While his adventure met with considerable opposition 
owing to the fact that a church paper was something 
new and might cause trouble, and while at the same 
time queries' condemning it were brought to the An- 
nual Conference for a number of years after it began, 
the editor so skillfully steered clear of any just 
grounds for criticism that he was eventually given a 
free hand in his enterprise and opposition ceased. 

The second paper was the Christian Family Com- 
panion which Henry R. Holsinger began to publish at 
Tyrone, Pa., in 1864. This weekly was distinctly dif- 
ferent in tone from the monthly Visitor. The Cotb- 
panion advocated various reforms in the church, most 
of which the church was not yet ready for. Further- 
more, it conducted what was known as an open forum 
in which opportunity was given for Brethren to ex- 
press themselves freely in regard to the church and 
its practices. The opportunity so freely extended was 
as freely used, and many things were said in the Com- 
panion that caused deep grief and which had better, 
never been said. 

The third of these papers was The Vindicator 
printed at Dayton, Ohio, by Samuel Kinsey in 1870. 
This at once became the organ of those who believed 
in the old order of the church, and of course had the 
effect of confirming those who took this attitude in 
the position they had assumed and helped to intrench 
them more deeply in their ultraconservatism. 

With the church thus divided in sentiment and each 
faction supported by a well-established paper advo- 
cating its views, it is easy to see what the result is 
likely to be. But that is another story. 
Bridgewater, Va. 



The Challenge of Industry 

BY E. D. NOLT 
B. Y. P. D. Article — Program for Feb. S 

Industry has to do with creating and distributing 
commodities for the convenience and elevation of man. 
In the analytical phases it economically converts our 
natural resources into merchandisable form, morally 
raising the standard of all parties concerned. While 
we were a rural people, industry — agriculture — and the 
church were closeiy connected. The quality of indus- 
try was colored by the church and she in turn bene- 
fited financially. As we became urban others took 
the lead in industry, divorcing the church from the 
source 'of wealth. God owns the minerals and the 
forests and it is only in harmony with his Word that 
Christian people should handle these generous gifts 
to fulfill his will economically, socially and religiously. 
How much more could be accomplished if church budg- 
ets were directly hitched to the check books of presi- 
dents, managers and directors of industry instead of 
the tithes and offerings of minor help! How much 
happier people would be all along the line if products 
were furnished them by Christian people. Articles for 
convenience and labor saving would outlast their al- 
lotted time thus lowering the high living cost and miti- 
gating the national scrap heap. 

A captain of industry may become Christian and 
function normally as such, but our immediate ob- 
jective is for the church to place some of her best men 
at the head of legitimate industry. To the virile young 
men of the church is opened a great door of oppor- 
tunity as well as responsibility. The opinion of lead- 
ing personages is that more Christian leadership is 
needed. There is room for such men in the face of 
the conditions having their rise in tradition-bound, 
saturation projects promoted by covetous people or 
those desiring small town distinction. The challenge 
is two-fold, viz., creative ideas and management. The 



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church has the answer. God's people have always been 
original thinkers in whatever they undertook and the 
same is emphatically true today. It is the manifestation 
of the Light as they came into the Light through the 
Son. The same voice concerning Light also said some- 
thin" about the way, and how some try to seek out 
other ways ignoring the true Light. The question 
might arise at this point concerning the prosperity of 
the wicked. It is to be remembered, however, that in 
our beloved nation, owing to the flexibility of a 
credulous public upon the one hand, and a compressible 
labor factor upon the other, it is easily possible for one 
of mediocre ability, promoting a spurious idea to pile 
up a volume of sales and, in every measure answer 
the common idea of success as the world sees it. Acres 
of floor space or number of smokestacks should not 
be taken too seriously, in determining industrial values. 
Neither can we think that all the dross is eliminated 
by competition. 

The article one buys that comes through analytical 
industry originally came from some material resource 
and bears the marks of thought, engineering, planning 
and management. If it has had adequate attention it 
will be worth the money paid for it. If not, there 1 is 
an economic stress. At this point illustrations of co- 
lossal waste of money and material through lack of 
light in engineering, testing and experimental phases 
might be in place. Inasmuch as the end is not belief, 
we shall refrain from indictment only as indirectly 
suggested. However, we do not need to go to Japan 
for laboratory material. Merchandise consumed by 
farmers, auto owners and housewives very frequently 
has charged to it large sums for development or re- 
search which is in reality a groping for truth which a 
high school lad or college man could have solved in 
ten days. The Christian man can produce more ideas 
of high quality, than one who is not by reason of the 
fact that he is in tune with the Infinite, the source of 
light. It is interesting to note the perfection with 
which some articles reach the public while others have 
radical changes at short time intervals; it is all a 
question of relative Light. 

Those who have to do with management in the fu- 
ture will need courage to leave the beaten path of 
managerial traditions. Tricks of the trade have been 
emphasized rather than the principles. For the sake 
of normal society there must be closer coupling of 
God's greatest institution— the church, and his un- 
bound material wealth. Who can do this best? Who 
can best contribute to the hearths of consumers and 
employes? Who will see to it that it pays because of 
divine economy? The man as a home builder must be 
the reckoning point rather than open market prices. 
The indictment of prison wardens, that causes for 
crime are largely economic and social, is suggestive of 
obsolete systems. That which is eternally right is also 
correct and permanent in practice. Then if there is a 
breakdown in our social machinery, are we going to 
take the hint and check up on our ways ? Help must 
come soon. Another generation will produce masters 
or be crushed by its problems. The determining fac- 
tor in management is Light as evidenced by fairness, 
vision and inspiration. 

The captain of industry will then be human, not a 
militarist manager-executive, a democrat as taught in 
the Word. New ideas will be breathed into him by 
the Breath of Heaven. He will deviate from traditions 
of his industrial forefathers, evolve factory systems, 
adopt methods which will be good, as a creative ac- 
complishment. The labor element will be properly 
appreciated by him. He will regard it seriously as a 
human equation, forwardly flexible in expression. A 
high school student doing " piece work " in a factory 
with a rack on each side and bench in front is not using 
his education. It is a spinal cord operation, wasting 
the eternal endowment. The fault is not his. The doc- 
trine that such positions come because of lack of vision 
or ambition on the part of the lad is false. This 
colossal waste of potential energy because of sup- 
pressed expression, in normal folk, is creating an emo- 
tional backwater fraught with hazard for society. The 
gravity of this problem suggests the urgency of the 
need. Industry is inherently a Christian project. 
New Philadelphia, Ohio. 



The Bible and World Builders 



BY J. CLYDE FORNEY 
B. Y. P. D. Article — Program for February 1Z 

There are three great words in the theme of this 
article. They are the Bible, the world and the builders. 
The last suggests an active worker who is in the work 
of constructing; one who is working with raw ma- 
terials constructing them into something complete and 
durable. The second word has to do with the great 
objective in view ; a world which will be a suitable 
place in which to live and to grow into manhood and 
womanhood. This is the job that we arc thinking 
about as builders. The first .word, the Bible, and the 
question that underlies this word is this : what relation 
does it have to the work of world building? Does the 
Bible have a place in the task of world building? We 
must say that it most assuredly does. 

/. In the first place, world building began long be- 
fore there was a Bible. The first peoples to appear 
upon the earth found themselves here with nothing but 
the raw materials and their own ability to begin the 
great work of constructing a better world in which to 
live. They were without experience. They knew 
nothing about methods or means of procedure. They 
were compelled to begin the process of discovering 
how to work and how to keep soul and body together, 
to provide food for themselves and for their families 
and to answer the call for communion with the divine 
Spirit of God. They were in possession of the natural 
ability to do and discover and began at once to investi- 
gate and to find out how to provide the needs of life. 
Their experiences cost them a great deal in hard work 
and untiring efforts. As a new generation of people 
came into existence they were given the opportunity to 
share in their experiences. The new generation of peo- 
ple in their youth and vigor entered more deeply into 
the ways and means of doing and meeting the needs of 
life. Thus each succeeding generation enjoyed the 
advantage of the experiences of the past. They had 
the experiences of their fathers to help them in their 
work. These experiences were passed on from one 
generation to another by word of mouth. They were 
told and retold by the fireside until they became a very 
definite part of the verbal history of the race. And 
there finally came a day when man had learned the art 
of writing and this history was written down and 
preserved for the generations that followed. These 
people of the first generations of man's existence upon 
the earth were real world builders. 

//. In the second place, the Bible is the product of 
world builders and world building. From the first to 
the last of the Bible one is impressed with the fact 
that the leading characters are real world builders. 
They were men who led out in the discovery of new 
means and methods in creating better conditions and 
constructing a finer society. They found new methods 
of worship and approach to God. They discovered 
God anew and developed a new appreciation of him. 
Abraham, the man of faith, the man of adventure, the 
man of vision, laid the foundation of a new nation 
which in time became the foundation peoples for a new 
heaven and a new earth. Moses, the man of law. 
formed the new government of law about a moral ideal 
— about the new concept of one God as opposed to 
many gods. This had never been done before. The 
prophets brought a new day in religion which laid the 
foundation and prepared the way for the coming of 
the Christ. They gave the people a new sense of the 
reality of God and his relation to man. 

At once we are able- to see that the Bible is the 
product of world building. The Bible would never 
have been but for these great heroic men of God who 
through faith and vision threw themselves into the 
great task of making the world a safe place for man- 
kind to live in, and in which to rear their families. 

///. In the the third place, the Bible is the record 
of the great world builders of the past. I have men- 
tioned a few of them to show that the Bible is the 
product of their labors. Now I wish you to appre- 
ciate the fact that it is the complete record of the lives 
of many of the men and women who have had a very 
great part in the making of our present world. This is 
true, they did have a very definite part in the laying of 



the foundation of the present civilization that is abid- 
ing. I like to think of the Bible as the Source Book 
for the Christian. It is unquestionably the only true 
Source Book for the Christian. The Christian can go 
nowhere else to find the complete record of the lives of 
the great Christian statesmen and the Savior of the 
world. 

If one desires to share in the progress and growth 
of the world in the making he must turn to the Bible. 
The Bible is the record of the progressive growth and 
development of the human race and the progressive 
revelation of God. It is not only the record of great 
lives and their share in the work of world building, it 
is also the record of the movement and the process. 
One is unable to fully understand how the world and 
society came into existence and grew without a close 
study of the Bible. It is, indeed, a comprehensive 
record of the world builders of the past, the progres- 
sive work of building and the continuous revelation of 
God. 

IV. Ih the fourth place, the Bible is the Guide 
Book for the world builder of today. It is the su- 
preme conviction of men and women of wide experi- 
ence that the principles of the teachings of Jesus are 
the only solution to world questions. It is a fact that 
those peoples and persons who have made a definite 
and lasting contribution to civilization have been 
guided by the principles of Jesus. No man who has ever 
attempted a great task and accepted the teachings of 
Jesus as his guiding principle and lived up to them 
has ever failed. Many a man who has attempted a 
great undertaking and has disregarded the teachings 
of Jesus has gone upon the rocks of moral and social 
destruction. It is my conviction that no statesman or 
nation since the days of Jesus has succeeded save upon 
the basis of a conscious or unconscious following of 
the principles of the teachings of Jesus. It is the 
Guide Book for the Christian world builder. 

Four thoughts concerning the world builder and the 
Bible have been presented in this article. First, the 
first world builders had no Bible. They were forced 
to start with nothing in the way of past experience, 
but as they had experience they passed it on to suc- 
ceeding generations. Second, the Bible is the result of 
the work and sacrifice of world builders. There would 
have been no Bible had it not been for the world states- 
men who were always busy making a new and better 
world. Third, the Bible is the record of the pro- 
gressive achievement of great world builders and be- 
comes the only true Source Book of the Christian re- 
ligion. Fourth, the Bible is the Guide Book of the 
world builder of today. It contains the fundamental 
rules for building and the blue prints for the ideal 
world. 
South Bend, Ind. 



The Plea of the Prophets 

BY W. J. SWIGART 

The mind of the religious world for some months 
recently was occupied with the messages of the Old 
Testament prophets. 

And first of all, one must have been impressed with 
the vigor, directness and faithfulness of these sturdy 
and plain men. Their denunciation of the people's 
sins was not very acceptable in their day; nor were 
the preachers very popular, for they cried aloud and 
spared not. But they preached with the consciousness 
that they were delivering the words of Jehovah. 

Of course the Lord made known future events 
through the prophets. But a large part of their dis- 
courses had to do with the conditions and conduct of 
their times. In either case they were "interpreting 
God to the people " (which is the significant work of a 
prophet of God), and were "functioning" in the 
prophetic office just as signally when crying out 
against idolatry and pleading for justice and equity 
as when they were forecasting the fall of Babylon, the 
scattering of Israel and the coming of the Messiah. 

They, condemned idolatry, oppression and bribe tak- 
ing. They cried out against licentiousness, adultery 
and lustful pleasure seeking. They plead for equity, 
justice and righteousness. They warned of the sad, 

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The Foreign Missions Conference of 1928 

BY CHAS. D. B0NSACK 

The world-wide task of Christian missions involves 
many problems not thought of by the average person. 
These include relations to governments, health, trans- 
portation, education, translation of languages, Bibles, 
literature and many other considerations. These long 
a<ro caused mission boards to find some way of meeting 
them together, both as a matter of economy as well 
as efficiency. This led to the formation of the Foreign 
Missions Conference of North America and Canada 
This conference has just closed its th.rty-fifth annual 
session at Atlantic City, N. J. " 

In order that its sessions may be kept most helpful, 
the attendance is limited to about 400 so that discussion 
may be possible. These delegates are chosen by the 
various boards on the basis of the amount of money 
expended in the work the year previous. These dele- 
gates are usually board members, other administrative 
officers and missionaries, because the subjects for dis- 
cussion are closely related to the multitude of problems 
these folks have to face in their work. More than 
seventy missionary boards and societies were repre- 
sented in the recent meeting, which represents prac- 
tically all Christian denominations outside of the 
Roman Catholic church in these two countries— Canada 
and the United States. 

Perhaps no announcement created so much interest 
and satisfaction as the one by A. L. Warnshuis, secre- 
tary of the conference, that, " It is quite possible that 
active negotiations for the revision of treaties with 
China and the United States will be under way in 
Washington in three months." While this might he 
sooner than this much desired conference could ma- 
terialize, yet the secretary assured us that he knew 
' three Chinese representatives had been chosen by the 
Nanking and Peking governments who would likely 
be acceptable to the government in Washington: 

The Conference asked its committee of reference 
and counsel to appoint a commission of twenty-five 
members to study conditions in China immediately and 
report to all boards who are seeking light and guidance 
on the proper polity and procedure in these days of 
distress and opportunity in that great land. Present 
conditions in China have caused missionaries to face 
death and duty in such a way that convictions are held 
with great earnestness. This was clearly brought out 
when the following resolution was presented and final- 
ly passed : " Resolved that in the judgment of this con- 
ference the use or threat of military force for the pro- 
tection of missionaries is in general a serious hindrance 
to missionary work and that the effort should be made 
to secure for those missionaries desiring it, the privilege 
of waiving their right to such protection." 

Mr. William Boyd, advertising manager of the 
Curtis Publishing Company of Philadelphia, after 
eight months' careful study of Christian missions, said : 
" I believe that every dollar invested in foreign mis- 
sions has produced greater returns than any dollar 
invested in any other human enterprise." Speaking 
further, he said : " The management of its funds is 
less wasteful than can be found anywhere in business." 
He said that this conclusion was the result of a careful 
study last year in which he invested many thousands of 
dollars. 

Following the address of Mr. Boyd— a layman, Dr. 
A. W. Beavens— a Baptist minister of Rochester, 
N. Y., presented the claims of missions to the business 
men of America. He felt that with the newspapers 
and films giving the worst to other nations, we could 
not keep back our best in the missionaries without tre- 
mendous disaster to ourselves. He explained how his 
own church has struggled to reach the point where it 
would give five dollars to give Christianity to others 
for every one that it spent on itself. 

All will remember the stirring words of Dr. Rufus 
Jones as he discussed the necessity of living the spirit- 
ual life in a materialistic world. He said there was no 
other way to build a Christian world — but to be Christ- 
like. Speaking further, he said : " We must meet this 
secular world — its prosperity, its smugness, its hard- 
boiled philosophy, its utilitarian aims — with a settled 
conviction that we are going all the way with Christ — 
even to the cross." 



As one who has attended several of these confer- 
ences, we were impressed with this one as placing the 
emphasis on the vital things "of our work. Both m dis- 
cussion group and addresses one felt the heart of al 
present reaching after the hand and heart of God that 
we might not fail in our testimony and witness of the 
power and life of Christ. All will remember the clos- 
ing address of Dr. Soper on the uniqueness and power 
of" Christianity. Followed by the closing words of 
Dr Hodgkin of China who led us through the certain- 
ties of our Lord and then asked us to face our privi- 
leges in obedience to him. He showed how science and 
industrial progress were based on obedience-winch 
was not as popular as it ought to be in Chr.stiamty- 
and how God waits to give us power and joy in our 
world-wide task, if we will but follow him ! 
Elgin, III- ___— — 



Some Lessons From Others 

BY OTHO WINGER 
New Year's Day at St. Paul's Cathedral. London 

It is New Year's Day. It is Sunday, too. It is the 
day for worship in the house of God. We are m a 
great city in a foreign land. We are in London. 
Where shall we attend services? Westminster Abbey 
is most familiar to us by name. But St. Paul's Chapel 
is nearer our hotel. It, too, is famous. It is a very 
old church. On this spot there has been a church tor 
a thousand years. The present building-the second 
largest Christian church in the world-was completed 
more than two hundred years ago, a generation before 
George Washington was born. Here we attended our 
first church service in 1928. 

You no doubt have read much of this wonderful 
church building; of its great architect, Christopher 
Wren; of its wonderful dome, surpassed only by that 
of St.' Peter's of Rome ; of its many monuments and 
graves of heroes, surpassed only by Westminster Ab- 
bey in this respect ; of many other interesting things 
about it. To tell you about these would be to tell you 
what you perhaps have read or easily can read in books 
in your library. While I have heard much about all 
this, I never realized that St. Paul's was so great. 
Though all this interested me 'today, the most inter- 
esting part of all was the worship and the sermon. 

The people were reverent; fhey came quietly; they 
went quietly. We heard many prayers and hymns but 
no laughing or loud talking ; in fact, no talking at all 
during services. We saw more people on their knees 
in prayer than we would see in many churches in the 
homeland. We were interested in seeing so many 
young men and boys engaged in the services. 

Most of you know that this is the church where the 
famous preacher, Dean Inge, of the Church of Eng- 
land, preaches. We had hoped he would preach today. 
But he did not. Had there been no sermon at all, nor 
any preacher present, there would have been a great 
service. The people were at St. Paul's for worship, 
and could do that without a preacher. But we did have 
a sermon, only fifteen minutes in length, but full of 
gospel truths and very impressive. To hear such a 
simple, forceful, gospel sermon in one of the world's 
greatest churches sent us away happy and thoughtful. 
The following is not the sermon verbatim, but as we 
remember it as we meditate upon it at the close of the 
day. 

" ' And the shepherds returned, glorifying and prais- 
ing God for all the things they had seen and heard ' 
(Luke 2:20). Why did the shepherds have such 
great joy? Because they believed that they had seen 
the Christ, the Son of God ? Some will say that their 
joy was only because they were unlearned and un- 
sophisticated. But St. Paul had the same faith, hope 
and joy, and you can not call him unlearned. No, 
the greatest and wisest of men, as well as the more 
unlettered of men, have had this joy because of their 
great faith. 

" We live in an age today of unwarranted skepti- 
cism. We find expression of it in religious journals 
and in popular magazines. Even the newspaper is not 
helping "the matter by the reports of confusing dis- 
cussions. We can not always worship in this state of 
mental confusion. We shall be happy if we can have 
the faith and joy of the disciples of old. 



" We should not live too much in the past. That 
would be disastrous. But the failures and mistakes 
of the past should be great teachers for us for the 
future The needs of the human soul remain con- 
stant in all ages. The Gnostics of old would have 
relieved Christ of his humanity. The Modernists of 
today would relieve him of his divinity. We can not 
have faith and joy if we make either of these mistakes. 
We must believe him to be the Christ, the Son of the 
living God, born of the Virgin Mary, the gift of God 
to the world for the salvation of men. 

" The Church of Christ is sending missionaries to 
foreign lands to preach the Gospel of Christ to those 
who know him not. If we go to them with the mental 
confusion and lack of faith in him that does exist in 
many we will but add to their confusion. They have 
too much of that already. Unless we can take them 
this faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, and 
give them the joy and hope of that faith, it were hard- 
ly worth our while to bother with Christian missions. 
" ' Behold, what manner of love the Father has be- 
stowed upon us that we should be called the sons of 
God. Therefore, the world knoweth us not because 
it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of 
God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be : but 
we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be l.ke 
him, for we shall see him as he is.' " 
London, England. 



FORWARD MOVEMENT 



Edited by 1 W. Lear 



The Money Test 

A noted Bishop once remarked ; " I despair of any 
great revival of religion until the church gives up its 
tinful covetousness." What an indictment against a 
people professing to be followers of Jesus Christ. 
Followers of Christ! The statement is almost mockery. 
A people anxious about what they are to eat, to drink 
and the clothing they are going to wear, claiming to be 
followers of Christ! A people who spend money for 
luxuries, for what they don't need, for pleasure in their 
madness claiming to be followers of Christ! People 
who have added acre to acre until they are land lords ; 
who have added stocks and bonds to their holdings and 
at the same time have stopped their ears to the cry of 
unsaved humanity and the ringing commands from 
God, " Go ye " and " Give ye " claiming to be follow- 
ers of Christ! All of this seems totally incompatible 
with Jesus' statement : " Ye can not serve God and 
mammon." 

The way an individual makes, spends and gives 
money reveals the spiritual state of that individual 
more nearly than a record of his church attendance and 
his prayers. Money has come to be more than a 
medium of exchange. It is that, of course, and as 
such serves a very useful purpose. Money is coined 
personality, or represents in monetary terms mental 
ability, physical energy and personal genius. In other 
words, a certain per cent of one's own- personality is 
coined for the purpose of handy transfer or invest- 
ment. In this way a man may live in one place and in- 
vest himself in a hundred or a thousand other places. 
And the manner in which he does that very thing tells 
what manner of man he is. So true is this thing that 
all that is necessary in order to measure a man's 
Christianity is to check where, how and why he invests 
that part of himself which has been coined into money. 
A critic of the church, a medical doctor, who said, 
" You can tell the sincerity of a man's interest in any- 
thing by the way he puts his money into it," expressed 
a truth that the Christian's Book verifies. The Chris- 
tian professor knows it as surely as the doctor critic. 
The difference lies in the fact that the doctor refuses to 
be a party to a hypocrisy that sings and prays loudly, 
but pays lightly. The thousands of folks in the class with 
this critic of the church will be won to Christ and his 
church when the members of the church prove by their 
investments that they are sincere and devoutly inter- 
ested in the things of the Kingdom. So long as such 
hear us sing, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 26, 1928 



53 



" Take my life and let it be 
Consecrated Lord to thee ; 
Take my silver and my gold, 
Not a mite would I withhold," 
and then behold the grasping, selfish and miserly way 
t which we handle the secular affairs of life; so long 
■ill they continue to sneer at our religious gestures. 

think I hear some one say: "Where do you get 
Biblical authority fbr saying that the way one handles 
"Zl y is a clear index to one's character?" Suppose 
"w together we interpret Jesus' statement in Luke 
Z U "H therefore ye have not been faithful m 
he unrighteous mammon [money], who will commit 
your trust the true riches [eternal life]?" Wha 
would\ou say Jesus means? Does this not say that 
Tere is a close tie up between coin and charact 
Loney and morals? Really now, the Master virtually 
aid the way one gets and spends his money determines 
one's character. How could it be otherwise since 
money is impersonal and can be personified only by 
He choices and deeds of personality? But you say 
Jesus declared: "A man's life consisted, not in the 
abundance of the things which he possessed,. Truly, 
but it is clear that a man's life is revealed by the way 
he holds and handles what he possesses. Witness the 
Rich Fool, who hoarded for himself (Luke 12.20. 
21)- Dives who withheld from the cry of the needy 
(Luke 16: 19-31) ; and the Prodigal, who wasted his 
substance (Luke 15: lift.). 

How true thfet, with but few exceptions, a very small 
proportion of the incomes of professing Christians 
goes for religious purposes. The United Stewardship 
Council released the following figures: In one year 
the churches of the United States gave for all religious 
purposes (local and missionary) approximately ?70U- 
000 000. The government figures say that the people 
of the United States spent during the same P»'°d f °r 
face powders, cosmetics, perfumeries, etc., $750,UUU.- 
000- for ice cream, soft drinks, and chewing gum, 
$650 000,000: for cigarettes, $S00,0O0,000 ; for all 
other tobacco and snuff. $800,000,000 more. The list 
of luxuries might be multiplied. Just how much pro- 
fessing Christians, or closer still, how much members 
of the Church of the Brethren spent for these luxuries. 
only an all-wise God knows. Then, too, a large sum 
of what is spent for religious purposes must be literal, 
ly pulled from the givers by one form of strategy or 
another. And even the money of ungodly or unbe- 
lieving men gets into the coffers of the church by some 
ingenious turn of events. So it can not be said that 
all of the 700 millions came from church people. I\ot 
until there comes a real revival of religious zeal that 
will acknowledge God as the Sovereign Owner of all, 
and man as an accountable steward of all that this 
Sovereign God intrusts to him, may we hope for holier 
davs. Hear Jesus again: " If ye have not been faith- 
ful in that which is another's [the temporalities of 
life], who will give you that which is your own [the 
spiritual riches] ?" 

Some things are impossible by their very nature. 
Paul said it was impossible for God to lie. Jesus de- 
clared it impossible to serve God and mammon 
(money). The trouble is nut that a man has money, 
but rather that money has the man bound hand and 
foot. Man can serve God with money and thus break 
the power of money over him and prove that he is not 
a slave to things, but a bond-servant of God. Man 
can not purchase salvation with money, but he can 
prove he is saved from a sordid, selfish manhood by the 
way he handles money. To be rich toward God is 
heavenly, to be rich toward self is earthy, and the way 
one makes, spends and gives of the temporalities of 
life determines the slant of that life. " For where the 
treasures are there will the heart be also." 



year for missions. Our Thanksgiving offering this 
year was approximately $150 and our Christmas 
offering $275. 

In addition to this we raise $550 through the Sun- 
day-school for the support of Bro. Norman Secse in 
China We also have our regular monthly missionary 
offering in the Sunday-school which usually amounts 
to about $200. 

This is about an average year's work for the Bridge- 
water congregation. The total, including a few special 
gifts and offerings on a few other special days, runs 
us in the neighborhood of $2,000 for the work of the 
General Mission Board. This is the goal we try to 
reach. 

Bridgewatcr, Va. 







BIBLE INSTITUTE 

La Verne College Bible Institute will be held Jan. 29 
to Feb. 5, beginning with Sunday-school followed by a 
sermon a. 10:45 A. M. by M. S. Frant* i Christen Work- 
ers' Meeting at 6:30 P. M., and a sermon at 7:30 In J- 
S. Zimmerman. _. 

Monday, J... 30, « : .10 A. M., Bible Study.-J. S. Zim- 
niTan Selected Chanter Studyr-A. C. Wieand 
dress -W. I. T. Hoover. 1:55 P. M„ How to Teacl 
Relgon-A. C. Wieand. Address.-W. C. Pierce. 7: 30 
P M Prelude, Music and Speech Students, directed by 
Prof.' B. S. and Mrs. Laura Haugh. Addrcss.-A. C. 

^T^lday, Jan. 31, 9 : 30 A. M., Bible Study.-J. S. Zim- 
merman. Selected Chapter Stndy.-A. C. Wieand. Ad- 
dress -H A. Frant*. 1:55, How to Teach Religion - 
AC. Wieand. Address.-J. P. Dickey 5:3 , Regu ar 
meeting of the Ministerial Association ol Southern Cali- 
fornia 'nd Arizona. Dinner will be served m the social 
hall and Bro. Wieand -will give an address. 7.30 P M., 
Prelude, Music and Speech Students. Address.-C. Walter 

W W e„S.day, Feb. 1, 9:30 A. M, Bible Study.-J. S. 
Zimmerman. Selected Chapter Study.-A. C. Wieand A, - 
dress.-Lorell Weiss. 1:55 P. M„ How to Teach Rc- 
Hgon.-A. C. Wieand. Address.-j. E. Einmer . 7 30 
P M„ Musical Program by Clarion Four. Address.- 

\L~.b. «,» = » A. M- Bible Studyr-D. W. Kurtz. 
Selected Chapter Study.-A. C. Wieand. Addressee D 
Bonsack, General Secretary of the Mission Board 1 . 
P M., How to Teacl, Religio„.-A. C. Wieaud. Addres . 
_C. D. Bonsack. 7:30 P. M„ Prelude, Music and Sped, 
Students. Address.— C. D. Bonsack. 

Friday, Feb. 3, 9:30 A. M„ Bible S.udy.-E. M. Slide- 
balcer Selected Chapter Study.-A. C. Wieand Address. 
_C D Bonsack. 1 : 55 P. M„ How to Teach Rellgion.- 
A C Wieand. 7:30 P. M, Student Musical P ™«™" 

Saturday Feb. 4, 9 : 30 A. M., Bible Study.-E. M. 
Student. Selected Chapter Study.-A. C. Wieand. A - 
dress.-C. D. Bonsack. 7:30 P. M„ Open Forum. Ad 
dress— C. D. Bonsack. 

Sunday, Feb. 5, 9:45 A. M., Sunday-school. Sermon.- 
A C Wieand. 6:30 P. M„ C. W. Societ.es. Scrmo,..- 
C. D. Bonsack. Edgar Rothrock. 

La Verne, Calif. 



lion With the Problem of Pastoring Our 
Churches— C. D. Bonsack. 
11:00— 12:00, Group Meetings for Considering the Prob- 
lems of Various Districts. 
12 ■ 00— 2 : 00, Noon Recess. 
2:00-2:45, What Should Be the Pulpit Emphasis of the 

Present Age?— Paul Bechtold. 
2- 45— 3:45, Unique and Distinctive Elements in the Life 
of the Church of the Brethren That Need 
Emphasis Today in the Light, of Modern 
Life— J. W. Lear. 
3;45— 4:30, More Effective Evangelism.— E. M. Wamp- 

ler. 
7:30 P. M., Church Loyalty.— R. H. Miller. 

Friday, Feb. 17 
8:00— 9:00, Bible Hour.— J. Hugh Heckman 
9 • 00—10 : 30, Reports From District Groups 

mary and Practical Suggestions— M. R. 
Icr. 
10:30— 11:15, How Finance an Aggressive Church Pro- 
gram?— J. W. Lear. 
11 : 15—12:00, General Discussion. 

Associated Programs 
Feb. 13. annual meeting of the College Trustee Board. 
Feb. 14. inauguration of the new President. 

Lectures will be given each evening throughout the week 
|,v C D Bonsack, R. II. Miller and J. W. Lear. 
McPhcrson. Kans. J -' Y ° dcr - 



With Sum- 
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rica 









Our Annual Goal 

BY M. G. WEST 

Every year during the month of May we have an 
every member canvass for the Forward Movement. 
In our canvass last May $658 was pledged for District 
mission work and $682 for the general budget. Most 
of this for the general work is designated for the 
support of Sister Earl W. Flohr in Africa. 

We also have several special offerings during the 



Mcpherson reg.onal conference program 

A Conference for Church Workers 
Wednesday, Feb. 15 

g - 00- 9 : 00. Bible Hour.-Eld. C. D. Bonsack. 

9 -00-10 30, The Present Situation in Our Churches. 

1. In Nebraska— D. G. Wine. 

2. In Missouri.— James Mohler. 

3. In Kansas.— J. J. Yoder. 

4. In Colorado— I. C. Suavely. 

5. In Oklahoma— John Pitzer. 

6. In Idaho.— H. G. Shank. 
,0:30—11:50, General Discussion, 
p. 00— 2:00, Noon Recess. 

7. 00- 3:00. The Outlook of Protestantism 

Today.— Eld. J. W. Lear. 
3 00— 3:45. A Church Survey, Its Value 

Make One.— Galen Lehman. 
3:4S— 4:30. Discussion-Reports from those who 

made surveys, etc. 
7:30 P. M, Address-Eld. R. H. Miller, North Manches- 

ter, Ind. 

Thursday, Feb. 16 
8-00-9:00, Bible Hour.-R. H.Miller. 
I! 00-11 :00! Plan to Pastor Adequately the Churches of 

the West. 

1. W. H. Yoder. 

2. M. C. Blickcnstaff. 

3. M. R. Zigler. 

The Free Ministry of Our Church ,n Connec- 



ALABAMA 

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week in January, giving •> ""'""", audience enjoyed it, several 

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coming from tin smr >• f worship tlirough sone 

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learn ol Hie anssio, . ; , mucll appreciated. On the 

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Colorado Springs ehureli met .ncium Frant.. 

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menls of the Mission Boar., ..» Religions EducaOon 

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FLORIDA 

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held. C. A. Williams "as '^^"^"o, Sunday-school and 
the writer, correspondent. For hotn e ^^^ contaimng 

church officers »' ""^j '^ a"„,nina,ing commi.tee. Under the 
the names ol person ' u ■ > i( jm , , he sup e„„,e„dent of 

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PASTOR AND PEOPLE 



Home Visitation Evangelism 

BY JAMES M. MOORE 

Various inquiries have been coming with regard to 
our recent home visitation evangelistic campaign. 
This suggests the possibility of a general interest in the 
subject. Hence this article. 

At our council in March, 1927, the church accepted 
the evangelistic program presented by the local minis- 
terial committee for the years 1927 and 1928. This 
program included home visitation for 1927 and the 
calling in of an evangelist in 1928. 

A little later a movement was started for a union 
home visitation campaign in the city, and the church 
decided to cooperate. The union movement failing to 
materialize, the church dropped back to its original 

Literature was secured from Rev. Guy H. Black of 
Greencastle, Ind., though we used only a part of that 
suggested. We found the assignment cards a necessity, 
and also the pamphlets with information and sugges- 
tions for the workers. The other pamphlets were 
found helpful. 

The names of the prospects were collected from 
various lists, the members were requested to hand in 
names, and the superintendents of the various depart- 
ments of the Sunday-school furnished the names of the 
parents of the children in attendance, as well as the 
names of the older pupils not members. The gathering 
of these names requires time and thought; but is very 
important. 

The visitors were secured in two ways. First a 
careful selection was made by those in general charge. 
Then a call was made for any who felt moved to vol- 
unteer. Our instructions warned against opening up 
for volunteers, but we discovered some most excellent 
workers in that way. 

Several weeks before the date set for the campaign 
we began to meet together as we could arrange. We 
planned and prayed and counseled together. In fact, 
we approached our appointed date in the spirit of 
prayer. Between these meetings the workers studied 
their pamphlets of instructions as they had oppor- 
tunity. 

The campaign continued one week, five evenings— 
from Monday to Friday inclusive. It is a great ad- 
vantage to work in unison, at the same thing at the 
same time. Plans were being made for several weeks 
ahead, so that as little as possible should interfere 
with any of the workers. Of course, a good thing 
started does not stop at once, and a number of visits 
were made after the campaign closed. 

Public services were held on the first three evenings 
of the following week. This was found to be helpful 
to the membership in general, as well as to the new 
converts. 

During the campaign the evening meal was served 
in the church at six o'clock, to all who were to do the 
visiting. When they were about through eating, mat- 
ters were talked over, suggestions given and assign- 
ments made. We then joined in a prayer, consecrat- 
ing ourselves to our task and seeking God's guidance. 
By seven o'clock the workers were ready to start. 
They went two and two, in the name of Jesus, to win 
souls for the Kingdom. 

The eating of the evening meal together is vital. 

The visitors were largely working people, and in no 

other way could they have been gotten together and 

ready to go at as early an hour. The preparation of 

the meal means work, but there are always those who 

do not feel that they can go on the visits, but are glad 

for the privilege of doing what they can. After the 

tables were cleared away, those who served the meal 

would hold a service of prayer for those out visiting. 

We used about forty visitors, and they all found a 

great spiritual blessing in the part they took. It was 

sometimes 'difficult to tell who received the greater 

good, those visited or those who did the visiting. 

It was impossible to have enough prospects to keep 
these workers busy all week, so we filled in with vis- 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 28, 1928 

iting in as many of the homes of the members as possi- 
ble This was an excellent move, and could have been 
made even more helpful had we thought it out in time 
to have it better planned. 

The results of the campaign can hardly be measured. 
Twenty-five have been baptized, mostly adults, young 
people and intermediates. In one case an entire family 
came Others are to be baptized later. A number are 
bringing their church letters. Some inactive members 
have been awakened, homes were cheered and the 
church in general helped. 

Our conclusion is that such a campaign is a wonder- 
ful uplift. Any church ought to be able to put one on. 
Of course after having the experience once you will 
see where improvements could be made. But remem- 
ber that earnest, sincere prayer will make up for much 
unavoidable lack in organization. 

Waynesboro, Pa. 



The Church With a Vision 



BY S. Z. SMITH 

The Church of the Brethren, with a membership of 
over one hundred thousand, is in these latter days fac- 
ing a greater challenge than at any time in all of her 
history. This challenge is the result of improved com- 
munication and the advanced ways of sending mes- 
sengers across the continent. 

The evangelization of the whole world through the 
preaching of the Word, especially the New Testament 
message, is more necessary today than ever before in 
history. Almost every conceivable idea of reform, 
as well as creed and ism has been tried ; and yet, the 
greater part of this old world is dying for " a little bit 
of love " out of the great love of the Master— which 
is wholly unselfish. His own interests he sacrificed 
that he might find the best, even in the worst of men. 

From our travels and observation we have come to 
feel that the dormant condition of many churches, felt 
and expressed, does not represent a hopeless situa- 
tion. For as Garfield once said: "In any legitimate 
business failure is but effort off the track." We admit 
there is virtue in this statement, and to apply it to the 
Kingdom of God it would seem that what is needed is 
right effort, wiser methods and a more tactful ap- 
proach. 

Here, then, is the present day recipe. The church 
as a body must be strong individually. Each local 
church should be doing big things, doing them in its 
own way and according to the needs of its own pe- 
culiar local conditions. It must be doing things which 
demand attention and constrain folks to want to fol- 
low, heroically marching with the King toward higher 
ideals. 

Many places it is evident that the church fails to ap- 
preciate all the present day inventions and the un- 
avoidable transition we are passing through. It is a 
wonderful grace or faculty of the soul to learn to ad- 
just oneself so that he will fit into the great wheel of 
time, and not break down the machinery of God's 
providence, and cause the local church to stop for years 
to build up what was broken down because one has 
failed to fit smoothly into the cog of time, and with 
his generation work out the righteousness of God. 
Noah served well in his generation. In the past to 
tarry in approaching new methods may have been 
sufficient, but let us conceive another day has come 
upon us demanding greater rapidity in meeting vital 
issues. 

The greatest asset of the church today is its men, 
women, boys and girls. No man or woman in this 
present day church should feel himself or herself too 
big or too little to serve. For the busiest of them 
participate personally in community activities. Has- 
ten the day when there are no petty jealousies among 
us. A church is no bigger than its leaders, and if there 
is one thing the local churches need to pray for, it is 
that leaders characterized by goodwill may be raised 
up. Prayer, sacrifice and appreciation for the right 
sort of leaders will do this. The Church of the Breth- 
ren has had noble, good and true leaders in the past. 
God has ordained such for every age. Will we find 
and encourage them today? 
Sidney, Ohio. 



Our Secularized Public Schools 

BY JOHN LUKE HOFF 

When we consider the unprecedented seriousness of 
a secularized education today, we see a challenge to the 
church so irresistible and so unanswerable that we al- 
most shudder to think of the possible consequences 
of any shirking of that responsibility or any evasion 
of that challenge. Referring to Dr. Weigle, we find 
that the public schools today reach the American child 
on an average of about 1,200 days in its total school 
career, whereas in 1870, they reached the pupil on an 
average of about 582 days. Now this one fact repre- 
sents a most momentous change in the scope and the 
influence of our school program. 

Today, the public schools touch the lives, of their 
pupils at many more points than they did in the past. 
They profess to present to the growing minds of 
youth in epitome, a representative reproduction of the 
totality of life in a modern world. They try to give 
the pupils a broad, bird's-eye view of contemporary 
civilization; or in other words, present to them a 
miniature world, in order to introduce them to the 
most normal and essential factors of that world. 

Now the tragic significance of this increased power 
of the public school is clear to the most unseeing mind. 
For if any phase of life is today omitted from the pro- 
gram of general education, it is a vastly more serious 
situation than it was in the past, when the school did 
not profess to give a representative picture of society 
in its entirety. The conviction is unconsciously de- 
veloped in the minds of our children today that what- 
ever is omitted from the public school program is 
something incidental; something not sufficiently im- 
portant to merit attention and consideration on the part 
of those who are familiar with the modern world. The 
more complete and the more efficient any educational 
program is, the more serious is the omission of any 
vital phase of life, for the simple reason that the fac- 
tors which do receive attention are made to have such 
a dynamic impact upon growing life that neglected fac- 
tors are minimized simpiy by the force of contrast and 
by the working of the principle of stress and neglect in 
education. 

It is a sad commentary on our type of educational 
development when we may be charged with being guilty 
of tithing mint, anise, and cummin in the control of 
personality development, having neglected the weightier 
matters of the law of development. In our school 
programs we have often stressed just those phases of 
life which employers do not stress when they are look- 
ing for workers or which social statesmen consider 
relatively minor when they are evaluating personality. 
The most crucial and strategic phases of development 
we have allowed to be incidental in our consideration, 
and to receive the scraps of time and the fag ends of 
attention, which we did not need "for the rest of the 
program. We built our entire enterprise about the 
process of knowledge absorption and were content to 
let personality take care of itself. 

In the words of one of America's great religious 
leaders. Dr. Charles M. Sheldon: "Our system of 
public education covers about every subject of human 
knowledge except religion. ... I was compelled 
in my university course to study the lives of Ca:sar, 
Napoleon, Alexander, Frederick the Great, and take 
exhaustive courses in the translation of pagan poets 
and dramatists, some of whose writings would put me 
in the penitentiary if I were to send the English trans- 
lations through the post office. I was taught by my 
teachers in history facts which I have since found out 
were the statements of violently biased nationalists or 
misinformed historians who described historical events 
from the standpoint of the man who tells about a dog 
fight where his own dog whipped the other, but does 
not tell the truth about how the fight began. . . . 
A good many things I was taught are not so. I was 
taught to believe that Napoleon and other killers like 
him were great men. . . . I have had to take many 
of them down off the pedestal and bury them in the 
potter's field. . . . The students of my time were 
more familiar with, and those of the present time are 
more influenced in the schools by, the lives of pagan men 
and women than the life of the Best Person who ever 



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lived" How many books our children are required 
to read about the great scoundrels, liars, and depraved 
personalities of the human race, and how completely 
is ne-dected the story of that life which constitutes 
the perfect pattern for conduct and the quintessence 
of the culture and insight of all the world I 
McPhcrson, Kam. 




All Things Bright and Beautiful 



Sel 



:d by Anna Lesh, Goshen, Obio 

All things bright and beautiful, 

All creatures great and small, 

All things wise and wonderful— 

The Lord God made them all. 

Each little 6ower that opens, 

Each little bird that sings- 
He made their glowing colors, 
He made their tiny wings. 
The rich man in his castle, 

The poor man at the gate, 
God made them high or lowly, 

And ordered their estate. 
The purple headed mountain, 

The river running by, 

The morning and the sunset 

That lighteth up the sky— 

The cold wind in the winter, 

The pleasant summer sun, 

The ripe fruits in the garden, 

He made them every one. 
The tall trees in the greenwood, 
The meadows where we play, 
The rushes by the water, 
We gather every day — 
He gave us eyes to see them, 
And lips that we might tell 
How great is God Almighty, 
Who hath made all things well. 

—Cecil Frances Alexande 



was born not long after her husband's death. She 
had fully intended to do all she had promised, and to 
pay the ten dollars he had agreed to give, but the 
funeral expenses, the doctor bill and pressing accounts 
which could not be put off took all her money. She 
had not forgotten the ten dollars but had put that off 
until she could spare the money. With the help of a 
hired man she was carrying on the business and was 
beginning to get into better circumstances. 

One night she had a dream, or it was more like a 
vision than a dream. Her husband came to her and 
said to her that she had paid all his obligations except 
the ten dollars he had promised the Child Saving Mis- 
sion, and he wanted her to pay that too. He told her 
it was not to the Salvation Army, but it was to an old, 
gray-haired man. She should take a certain street 
car and get off at a street which he named, walk north 
two blocks, and there she would find him. 

"After this vision you can well understand," . she 
said, " that I had no rest till I came. I followed his 
instructions and have found you just as he said I 
would. Now I will give you the ten dollars." She 
wrote out a check for the amount, gave her good 
wishes for the work and went away. 

From that time on she never missed an opportunity 
of speaking a few pleasant words, and many times do- 
nated a small sum. Soon she said she was going to give a 
certain amount each year in memory of her husband, 
which she did. She became one of the two most gen- 
erous givers to the work in Oklahoma. Her business 
prospered much under her management, and she al- 
ways stood by us as long as we were in the work. 
Chico, Calif. 



Deeds of Kindness 

BY D. E. CRIPE 
Promise Held Sacred 

In the spring of 1912 we moved the headquarters 
of the Child Saving Mission to Enid, a growing city 
in northwestern Oklahoma, where we could go out in 
ten different directions by rail. We hardly knew half 
a dozen people in this city. 

One Sunday afternoon soon after locating there I 
went up town to a special meeting. Returning toward 
home I walked with a stranger who was quite sociable, 
and asked questions as to the work we were engaged in, 
as to how it was carried on and how it was financed. 
He said it was a good work, much needed, and he 
meant to help us what he could, but at that time he 
was close run for money. However, he would promise 
to give us ten dollars in about three months. We 
separated and I never saw him again. 

About six months after we had that talk a middle 
aged woman, dressed in black, came to our door and 
asked to see me. As she came into the house she 
said she was a stranger, but after she had told her 
business I would know that it was all right. She asked 
if I remembered walking on the street last spring with 
a man who promised to donate ten dollars to our work 
three months later. I recalled the circumstance, though 
it had well-nigh slipped my memory. 

She said that man was her husband, and when he 
reached home he told her all about our conversation 
and what he had promised. Her husband was en- 
gaged in a business in a small way, and made some 
money. Before the three months were up he was hurt 
in an accident. They did not think his injury was 
dangerous, but he told her one never knew what might 
happen, and if he should die he wanted her to carry 
on his business, for she know as much about it as he 
did, and it would make a living for her and her family. 
Also, that he wanted her to pay all his obligations and 
not to forget the ten dollars he had promised to donate 
to the Child Saving Mission work. She promised to 
do all that he asked of her. A few days later he died. 
She was left with two small children, and another 



Trust the Truth 

BY LULA R. TINKLE 

There are many parents who are perplexed and 
many more who will be perplexed in a few short years 
about the conduct of their children. " Why does John 
deliberately lie to his parents when we have been so 
good to him?" " Why does Mary try to deceive me 
when I have done everything for her that a mother 
could do?" These are the questions that come again 
and again to the social worker who tries to help solve 
some of the parental problems. 

Have you ever had your anger kindled when you 
hear parents trying to discipline a child by instilling 
fear into its mind? I mean the kind of fear that is 
founded on falsehood and deceit. I have, and I always 
feel like leading that parent aside for a good rebuke. 
I remember hearing one lady say, in the presence of 
her little three-year-old girl, " I just don't know what 
to do with Marianna. She runs off down the street 
time after time. I think I shall sell her and buy me 
another girl who will stay at home." The child 
watched the sertous face of the mother and then 
turned away with an accusing look, knowing quite well 
that her mother lied. What had the mother gained by 
the lie? She had certainly lost the child's respect and 
set a bad example. 

Fred came into the house one day just as his mother 
was leaving to go to her club. Seeing her dressed in 
her new silk dress he exclaimed: "Oh, mother, where 
are you going? I want to go, too." " I am just going 
down the street for a .little while, and if you stay here 
and be a good bov I will bring you something nice: 
Now run and play." The mother went on to her club 
and when she returned of course had nothing for her 
boy When Fred ran to claim his gift she only an- 
swered: "I didn't have time. I'll get it next time I 
go " That evening the mother was shocked to hear 
Fred call to the little neighbor boy: " Oh, Bobby, you 
come over here and play and I'll give you some candy." 
" Why, Fred ! You have no candy. Why did you tell 
Bobby that?" " Oh, mother, he's only a little kid. he'll 
soon forget what I said," was Fred's prompt reply. 

On a crowded street in a large city a little boy of 
about four, well dressed, stood crying at the edge of 
the side-walk. In the pushing crowd one or two people 
stopped to question him. Soon a considerable group 
had gathered trying to find out why he was alone and in 
tears At this a big, kindly-faced policeman off duty 
passed by. Stooping over the boy he began to question 



him. The child looked up to answer and when he saw 
the policeman he gave a scream and dodged. He was 
afraid of all policemen. 

The policeman knelt down and took him gently by 
the arm to talk to him again. This filled the child with 
terror. With a wrench he broke away and began to 
run wildly towards Sixth Avenue. The policeman 
started to follow, but when the child glanced back and 
saw him he became hysterical. He ran faster still. 

By that time the perplexed officer realized that in a 
minute the child would dash into the dangerous traffic 
on the avenue. So he turned and went on his way 
with a resigned air. Just as some one reached the 
boy the father came running out of one of the whole- 
sale houses and gathered the sobbing child into his 
arms. 

I would that every father and mother and friend 
who has ever said " The policeman will carry you off 
and put you in a dark hole if you do this or that." 
could be made to see what a criminally stupid thing it 
is to make children fear the very ones who are in a 
position to help them in an emergency. Think how, in 
case of fire, illness, being lost, or an accident those 
who could help a child are hampered, and the child 
himself terrified, if he has been brought up on threats 
of the police, the doctor, or .the hospital. 

When Mrs. Doe threatened Robert with a dose of 
"nasty castor oil" if he ate any more green apples 
she made a serious mistake. For the day soon came 
when Robert was very sick with a fever. All medicine 
was refused because it was " that nasty kind." Not 
until he had become very weak and unconscious were 
they able to force any kind of medicine into his mouth. 
Even that did not teach her a lesson. When the boy 
was better he was threatened with a tonsil operation 
if he did not keep his coat buttoned and quit wading 
in water. Very vivid descriptions were made of the 
"doctor's sharp instruments" and the "awful an.-es- 
thetic." In a few years Robert was carried to the 
operating room, screaming and kicking, for a serious 
operation. He fought everyone who came near, and 
he hated every doctor and nurse who came to minister 
to him. What a difference there would have been, and 
how much easier it would have been for the boy, had 
he been taught the usefulness of medicine and the 
blessing of being able to have good doctors, nurses and 
hospitals. If only proper discipline and just punish- 
ment when necessary had been used instead of those 
threats and falsehoods much suffering and unhappiness 
might have been avoided. 

What a cruel thing it is to put fear into the heart 
of a child. What a dangerous thing it is to tell a lie 
or practice deceit in the presence of a child. Instil 
unwholesome fears in the mind of a child and he is 
handicapped and deluded. Cast your lies before a child 
and they will return to you not many days hence. 
rixmonth, Wis ~»~ 



A Sensible Black Cat 

BY GRACE HILEMAN MILLER 

" I know a true black cat story which I delight in 
telling to those who are prone to let their temper get 
the best of them," remarked my friend the other day. 

" Tell it." I replied eagerly. 

" Well," she began, " we used to have a puppy who 
was very conceited and thought he about owned the 
place; he would not allow a single cat around, but 
what he was right after them and scared the poor thing 
up a tree ! 

" One morning I was standing in the back door and 
I spied a strange black cat coming leisurely up the gar- 
den walk. In a moment the dog saw it, and with a 
yelp down the walk he ran toward her. Did she ran 
for a tree? No, she simply stood still and looked at 
the dog. He stopped short and stared at her ; presently 
she walked slowly up beside him and rubbed her head 
against the dog's shoulder, purring as she did so. He 
dropped his tail and walked back to the house. Never 
again did he chase that cat, so far as he was concerned 
that cat was free, to do anything she wanted to." 

What an example of peacemaking, of real good 
sense such as few people, even Christians, seem to 
exemplify! 

La 1 'erne, Calif. ; _ 






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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 28, 1928 



AMONG THE CHURCHEsJ 



Calendar for Sunday, January 29 

Sunday-school L.a.on, The Growing Fame of Jesus.- 
Mark 3:7-12; 6:53-56. 

Christian Worker.' Meeting, The Missionary Sptr.t of 
Jesus. * * * * 

Gains for the Kingdom 

On. baptism in the Lena church, III. 

Two baptisms in the Naperville church, 111. 

Two baptisms in the Tacoma church, Wash. 

Two baptisms in the Calvary church, Kans. 

Two baptisms in the Parkerford church, Pa. 

Four baptisms in the Middlebury church, Ind. 

Si- baptisms in the Roaring Spring church, Pa. 

Four baptisms in the Elkhart City church, Ind. 

Two baptisms in the Bellefontaine church, Oh,o. 

One baptism in the First church, Philadelphia, Pa^ 

Eileen baptisms in the Batavia church, III, Brother 
and Sister O. H. Austin of McPherson, Kans., evange hsts. 

Eight baptisms in the Mt. Etna church, Iowa, Bro. J. S. 
Flory of Naperville, 111., evangelist. 

Five baptisms in the Winter Park church, Fia., Bro. J. 
H Morris of Sebring. Fla, evangelist. 

Five additions to the West Conestoga church, Pa., Bro. 
W G. Group- of East Berlin, Pa., evangelist. 

Seventeen baptisms in the Empire church. Cahf., Bro. D. 
R McFadden of La Verne, Calif., evangelist. 

Eight baptisms in the Beaver Creek church, Ohio Brother 
and Sister S. Z. Smith of Sidney, Oh.o, evangelists. 

Five were baptized and one restored in the Codorus con- 
gregation. Pa.. Bro. John C. Zng of Palmyra. Pa., cyan- 
gelist. tv 

Fifteen baptisms in the Quinter church, Kans., Bro. I. N. 
H. Beahm of Nokesville, Va., evangelist; assisted by D. A. 
Crist and Roy Crist. _ 

Four were baptized, two received on former baptism and 
one reinstated in the Springfield City church , Ohto Bro. 
W. C. Detriek of Pleasant Hill, Ohio, evangelist; five bap- 
tisms a -few weeks later. 



Will you sha 



Our Evangelists 

re the burden which these laborers 
pray ior the success ol these meetings 



Will yo 



Bro. A. R. Fike of Nezperce, Idaho, began Jan. 25 in the 
Moscow church, Idaho. 

Bro. X. L. Coppock, the pastor, began Jan. 22 in the 
Greenville church, Ohio. 

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Personal Mention 

Southwestern Kan... has chosen as Standing Committee 
delegate to the Oakland Conference Eld. V. F. Schwalm, 
with Eld. H. F. Richards as alternate. 

Bro W. A. Kinzie closes his work with the First Cen- 
tral church of Kansas City, Kans., Feb. 1 and takes up the 
pastorate of the Navarre church in the same District. 

Bro W. A. Reed, having taken up the pastorate of the 
Melvin Hill church in the District of the Carolinas. changes 
his address from Schoolfield, Va., to R. 4, Campobello, S. C. 
Bro Rua.el Sherman, pastor of the church at Spring- 
field 111., was a caller at the Publishing House early last 
week and kindly paid his respects to the "Messenger 
rooms. 

Bro. J. H. Longenecker of Palmyra, Pa., says under date 
of Jan. 20: "Our Bible Institute at Elizabethtown College 
is very well attended and the instructors all seem to be at 
their best." 

"Rendering pastoral aervice to our Milford church, con- 
ducting an occasional evangelistic campaign and pursuing 
some studies at Bethany is a somewhat full and very in- 
teresting program," for Bro. Ralph G. Rarick. And a 
somewhat similar service is making an interesting program 
for about a dozen other student pastors. 

" 1 have ju.t now come in from the school where the girls 
are busily decorating their school-room with date-palm 
branches," said Sister Anetta C. Mow, writing from Vyara, 
India, Dec. 21. Getting ready for Christmas, no doubt, and 
by the time this gets hack to India the folks there will be 
joining us in thinking that Easter is coming soon. 

Bro. David Bowman, now living with his daughter at 
Empire, Calif., and rapidly approaching eighty-six, writes 
us with his own hand to send greetings to his many friends. 
He is in good health which he attributes to three things. 
He has tried to live in harmony with the laws of nature, 
lives only one day at a time and never worries but looks on 
the bright side of life. He sees beauty everywhere and 
finds good people everywhere. He would exhort his aged 
friends to lift up their heads because Jesus is the same as 
ever, and his brother preachers to fill themselves so full 



of Jesus and him crucified that they must tell their flocks 
how Jesus loves the sinner. 

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Miscellaneous Items 

If you are good at figures you can soon discover which 
church sent in $1,000 for missions on the nineteenth of this 
month See " Mission Receipts " on this page. 

" Help me die daily to self and sin. For life's changes, 
strengthen me. Let my passing days bring me closer to 
,hee" So one earnest pastor would teach his people to pray. 
The new Directory of the North Manchester church Ind.. 
lists thirty elders, sixteen ministers, two licentiates thirty- 
six deacons and a total membership (as of Sept. 1. 19.7) 
of nine hundred twenty. 

Are yon keeping the work of the " Messenger "agent in 
aggressive hands? We have just read of one brother who 
after serving his clmreh faithfully in this capacity for 
twenty-three years, has turned the work over to the Junior 
Ladies' Aid of his congregation. 

The Orlando congregation in Florida, which had its 
churchhouse outside the city of that name, now finds its 
building included in the recently extended city limits of 
Winter Park, and the name has been changed accordingly 
to First Church of the Brethren of Winter Park. 

■■Do yon ever get the blues or discouraged? It is not 
the cold weather, though it was thirty-four below zero here 
on New Year's Day, but it is the cold indifferent hearts of 
God's professed children that make my heart ache. Oh, 
that I could get them to see their real need, love him 
more, and serve him better!" Did you ever feel like thatr 
Did you ever give anybody else cause to feel like that? 

The McPherson Regional Conference, program of which 
will be found on page 53 " is a call to church workers over 
this Region, especially members of Ministerial Boards. 
Mission Boards of these Districts and pastors of churches 
or rather ministers whether in charge of a church or 
not ■ also lay members who are interested in the programs 
of the church." So Bro. J. J. Yoder, member of the Gen- 
eral Ministerial Board, advises us. He says further: We 
hope to be able to work out plans and methods that will 
help some of these weaker churches." 

A faithful elder over sixty years in .the ministry and well 
known to many readers of this paper tells us of a new ex- 
perience he had lately. He was attending a session of the 
criminal court where a man was on trial for bootlegging. 
Public opinion held the man guilty though the evidence 
was weak. After charging the jury the judge called the 
'elder to him and asked him whether he thought he (the 
judge) had been fair. Why did the judge care for the 
opinion of this old preacher of all the people in that 
crowded court-room? The preacher is wondering. Per- 
haps you can guess. 

During the laat five yeara The Layman Company has cir- 
culated more than one hundred million pages of pamphlets 
advocating tithing, either free or at less than cost. They 
now offer to send, postage paid, a package containing thirty- 
eight of these pamphlets, aggregating 500 pages by thirty- 
three different authors, for fifty cents. They include 
"Thanksgiving Ann" and one other in playlet form; also 
a "Tithing Account Book" with plain directions for use, 
and " Adventures in Tithing," a ninety-six-page book. The 
price is less than the cost of production. Please mention 
the "Gospel Messenger"; also give your denomination — 
The Layman Company, 740 Rush Street, Chicago, 111. 

The old Waddams Grove church of Northern Illinois is 
a historic landmark and was once a leading center of church 
activities in this section. The Annual Meeting of 1856 
was held near it in the barn of Bro. Michael Reber. The 
scenes of activity have shifted to other points and the 
church building is no longer in use. Bro. Ezra Lutz of 
Frceport, III., has prepared a leaflet reviewing this early 
history, illustrated With two interesting pictures. One is 
of the old church and the other is that of Eld. Enoch Eby, 
a leader of those pioneer days not only in his home com- 
munity but in the Brotherhood at large. "Enoch Eby, 
Moderator; John Wise, Reading Clerk; James Quinter, 
Writing Clerk," was the standing formula for our Con- 
ference organization for many years. 
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Special Notices 
The Old Folks' Home at Fostoria, Ohio, wishes to secure 
a woman for general house work. For further information 
write the Secretary, Wm. F. Roberts, R. 19. S wanton, Ohio. 
The Belleville church of Northwestern Kansas wishes to 
secure a pastor to begin services the coming autumn. Per- 
sons interested may communicate with Mrs. Finley C. Wait, 
R. 2, Belleville, Kans. 

To all State District Treaaurera. No assessment for An- 
nual Meeting expenses will be made in 1928 as ample funds 
are already in the hands of the Treasurer.— E. J. Stauffcr, 
Annual Meeting Treasurer. 

All buainess and reporta to be printed in the booklet for 
the District Meeting of Western Pennsylvania to be held in 
the Uniontowii church of the George's Creek congregation, 
April 9-11. 1928, should be in the hands of the Clerk not 
later than Feb. 29— D. P. Hoover, Clerk, Windber, Pa. 



Michigan ehurche. plea., notes At last District Meeting 
you urged your Mission Board to hire a field worker. But 
according to the Treasurer's report for the first six months 
not quite one-third of the promised quota is paid. Of the 
twenty-eight churches only three have paid half or more 
of their quota. Four have not paid any. Shall we hire and 
borrow money? Or shall we not hire at all? Or will you 
send us the funds? Wilt some one in each church who 
reads this please call it to the attention of your elder or 
pastor, if thev forget it. Perhaps you have not realized 
that time moves so fast. We shall look for returns.- 
Samuel Bowser, Elmdalc, Mich. 






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Notes From Our Colleges 

McPherson College will inaugurate Dr. V. F. Schwalm 
as president on Feb. 14. There will be morning, afternoon 
and evening services. Dean R. R. Schwegler of the schoo 
of education of Kansas University wilt give the inaugural 
address. 

The " Mountaineer," speaking of a recent meeting of the 
Mount Morris College trustees, says :" The trustees of 
the college met in regular session Jan. 4. After transacting 
the regular business of the board, a motion was passed 
which definitely set in motion the campaign for endow- 
ment." The amount needed is $500,000 of unrestricted en- 
dowment. 

Juniata College will entertain a conference of school men 
from near-by counties Feb. 3 and 4 under the auspices 
of the educational committee of the college. The repre- 
sentatives at the conference will be county superintendents 
and the principals of the larger high schools. The pur- 
pose is the discussion of common problems and the pro- 
motion of mutual understanding. 

Bridgewater College students, alumni and friends will be 
interested to hear that Stanley Hall has been modernized 
and the old chapel is to be made a repository for pictures, 
paintings and memorials of various kinds connected with 
the college. The building is to be renamed and individuals 
in the groups mentioned above are invited to submit sug- 
gestions for naming this old college building. The com- 
mittee appointed to receive suggestions is composed of 
John D. Miller, J. W. Wayland, John S. Flory, Frank S. 
Driver and Paul H. Bowman. 

" The Campus Times " from La Verne College says in a 
New Year's editorial: "We need to say: I will do my 
work; do it persistently; do it well— and I will talk less 
about it. We live today in a very wordy world. If we 
look about us closely we will sec again and again instances 
where much is said and little or nothing done. This ap- 
plies to small things and great, ip school and in business, 
on street corners or about the evening lamp, in village 
governments and' in national capitals." Verily most of us 
do talk much and accomplish little. Perhaps we can do 
better in 1928. ,j. .'. $ * 

In the " Messenger " Twenty Years Ago 
Bro. T. T. Myers who has had charge of the First Breth- 
ren church. Philadelphia, for several years, has now located 
at Huntingdon, Pa., where he should hereafter be addressed. 
Bro. I. H. Crist of Kansas City, Kans., says that in their 
work he and his helpers use thousands of copies of the 
"Messenger," and that the paper has been the means of 
. converting several. There are now four applicants for 
membership. 

The new and commodious church at Pleasant Hill, Md„ is 
to be dedicated Dec. 8, Bro. D. C. Flory of Virginia deliver- 
ing the dedication address. The house is said to be a large, 
substantial brick structure costing $4,500 and will seat about 
five hundred people. 

Some Brethren are planning to start a new colony at 
Raisin City, Calif. This, as we understand it, is near the 
center of the State. In due time Bro. A. W. Vaniman of 
Pasadena is to locate there, and before snow flies here in 
Illinois, several families of members will be on hand. This 
simply means another congregation of Brethren on the 
Pacific Slope. 4. ' <p <3» 4, 

Mission Receipts for Thursday, January 19 

Each week the General Mission Board -.ill report in these columns 
a recent day's mission receipts from congregations. Each week a 
different day of the week will be selecled until a round of the business 
days of the week is reported. 
Carlisle, Pa., $25 for World-wide. 

Elgin, 111., $21.81 for Africa Mission. 

Bagley, Iowa, $1.78 for World-wide. 

Zion Hill, Ohio, $6 for World-wide. 

Roanoke, La.. $5.64 for World-wide. 

Woodbury, Pa., $6.79 for World-wide. 

Markleysburg, Pa., $1 for World-wide. 

Bridgewater, Va., $10.59 for World-wide. 

Portland, Ore., $23 for A. S. M. F.— 1927. 

Broadwater, Mo., $25 for Home Missions. 

Summit, Va., $37.60 for B. Y. P. D.-1927. 

South Beatrice, Nebr., $40.48 for Africa Mission. 

Parsons, Kans.. $11.65 for support of Emma H. Eby. 

Ft. McKinley, Ohio, $16.20 for Junior League— 1927. 

Sugar Ridge, Mich., $6.35 for Junior League— 1927. 

Manche.ter, Ind., $606.07 for World-wide ; $165 for Junior 
League— 1927; $228.93 for B. Y. P. D.— 1927. 



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What Pay Adventure? 
What pay do you suppose Columbus and his men were 
to receive for their western adventure? A patient German 
investigator has been going over such records. as are avail- 
able and trying to figure out the pay roll for Columbus 
and his companions in terms of present day money. Ac- 
cording to this authority Columbus was on the pay roll 
for $320 per annum in our money. We also read: His 
pilots received $128 to $153 annually, and the union scale 
for the sailors of the vessels was $2.45 a month. The fleet 
physician's salary was all of $38.50 a year. 

A New Note in War Memorials 
Chicago is thinking of a $5,000,000 war memorial probably 
to be placed in Grant Park at the foot of Congress Street 
What should the memorial indicate as to war? Should 
it glorify or symbolize the ravages of conflict? Mr. Lorado 
Taft one of America's greatest sculptors, is reported to 
have' said in discussing tentative plans for the memorial : 
" I would depict across the arch a fragment of a funeral 
cortege passing the bier of a soldier. The citizens m the 
oroup would be either very young or very old, thus con- 
veying the fact that war calls those in the prime of life. 
There would be soldiers in stone eternally on guard. 









A New Fuel for Ships 
The American steamer Mercer recently made a remark- 
able round trip run to Rotterdam. "She earned a full 
cargo and on the outward voyage encountered rough 
weather almost the entire trip. With all these handicaps 
she made an average of nine knots, with time lost deducted, 
and arrived at Rotterdam ahead of her schedule. On the 
homeward voyage she arrived two days ahead of time. 
In explanation of this record it was stated that the Mercer 
used pulverized coal as bunker fuel. She is the first ocean 
steamer to use such fuel and the report that about $3,000 
in fuel cost was saved has centered interest on the pos- 
sibilities of the new fuel. 

Another Ancient Grave 

It was not so long ago that Egypt figured in the headlines 
on account of the finding of a well preserved grave of 
one of her ancient kings. And now the Mesopotamia,! 
Valley has yielded something which promises to arouse 
almost equal interest on the part of scholars. A recent 
news item reports the finding of another ancient grave. 
In part this item reads as follows: "The grave is unlike 
the hundreds of others excavated in the cemetery in Ur 
in which the expedition is working, writes C. Leonard 
Woolley, director of the expedition, and provided definite 
information new to science as well as affording material 
for far reaching theories concerning the history of civi- 
lization The body of the king was not found, but presence 
of the bodies of more than a score of men and women 
who constituted the king's household offers proof, Mr. 
Woolley asserts, that in the fourth millennium B. C. there 
were practiced in Mesopotamia burial rites and ceremonies 
about which later tradition is silent and arch.-colog.sts 
hitherto knew nothing. A magnificently decorated chariot 
and harp, gold and silver vessels, an exquisite toilet set, and 
various other treasures yielded by the grave serve to il- 
lustrate the extraordinary degree of material civilization 
which Mesopotamia enjoyed more than five thousand years 
ago, says the report." 

The Spirit of Christ for Asia 

In the days of his flesh our Master went about healing 
the sick. He literally wore himself out many a day that 
the suffering multitudes might have physical as well as 
spiritual help. A bit of a report which serves to show how 
the great example of the Christ has led men to show forth 
his spirit in Asia today is related as follows by one who 
visited the Severance Mission Compound at Seoul, Korea: 
"This mission center is world-famed for its medical and 
surgical skill and for the efficiency of its hospital corps. 
There I spent much time going through the wards and 
viewing the apparent miracles that the hands of medical 
missionaries were working. I saw suffering of all kinds. 
Especially was I touched by the sight of the crowds of 
people in the waiting rooms, who listened to evangelists 
speaking of the Christ for the heart as well as for the 
body Mothers with dying babes were there, mothers them- 
selves dving, the aged and feeble, the blind and those 
in whose faces were the flush of fever or the sallow shadow 
of starvation. Dr. Ludlow gave me the privilege of watching 
him operate on some of his patients. This skilled mission- 
ary surgeon is known throughout the Orient: once a part- 
ner of two of the greatest physicians of New York, he had 
heard the call, had left his large income and work of in- 
fluence, and had come, as many others had come, to bury 
himself amid the squalor, and the sickness of distressed 
Korea. For five hours I was in the operating room. I 
saw Dr. Ludlow deftly operate on a Korean man, next on 
a Korean woman, and then perform a serious abdominal 
operation on another pain-wracked dweller in that land. 



In the sweltering hot room, with his assistants quietly 
aiding him, I saw this great physician skillfully struggling 
to drag his patients' bodies back from the jaws of death. 
-While he worked on through the hours I grew faint; at 
times I had to leave the room in quest of fresh air. But j 
he worked tirelessly, now and then interjecting for my I 
benefit a word as to the gratitude of the suffering people. 
And still he labored, toiling until he was satisfied that all 
had been done that could be done. When he had finished, 
I stepped to his side. Gazing at his face, which was stream- 
ing wet from his exertions, and pale with the pallor that 
comes from keen anxiety and intense strain. I asked hull : 
•Doctor, how can you stand it? Surely every day is not 
like this I' He merely smiled. 'How much money would 
you have received in the States for an operation like this?' 
•Oh, about six hundred dollars.' 'How much will you 
receive for this one?' A strange light blazed into his 
tired eyes. I shall never forget this reply of that moment. 
' My fee,' replied the missionary physician, ' my fee will 
he this man's gratitude— and there can be no richer reward 

than that.'" 

The Church and Current Spiritual Needs 
One can not read such passages as Isa. 1 : 10-20 without 
realizing that the prophets earnestly sought to make re- 
ligion in their day minister to the deepest contemporary 
needs How is the church of today answering to current 
spiritual problems? A well-known minister writing in one 
of our national magazines suggests three ways in which 
the churches of the land are coming to adapt themselves 
to our changing world. First, the church is changing 
its relation to its worshipers. " Hitherto there have been 
two types of church and worship, the liturgical and the 
informal, the sacramental and the evangelical, each noble 
and useful after its kind, and ministering to different needs. 
Today, under the challenge of a changing world, we are 
discovering that these two types of church and worship 
belong together, as the two hemispheres of one complete 
spiritual life." Secondly, this writer sees a new attitude on 
the part of churches toward each other. "There is a tide 
running in the hearts of men moving toward a larger 
deeper unity-not a dead uniformity, but a living unity oi 
fellowship in which all can serve in their different ways with 
mutual respect and brotherly goodwill." Finally. There is 
a new sense of the duty of the church in a changing 
world, in dealing with the moral issues that are raised by 
our social, national and international relations. Here a 
prophetic pulpit will find its opportunity and its obligation, 
the more so in a day when material prosperity tends to 
obscure moral insight." 



THE QUIET HOUR 



the Weekly Devotional Meeting Or for 
yorful. Private Meditation. 



The Value of Great Men 

Matt. 23: 37; Hen. 1: 1, 2 

Fur Week Beginning February 5 

WHO ARE THE TRULY CREAT? 

This is a supremely important question and one in which 
there is grave danger of error. The false prophet is the 
deadly enemy of everything good. The true prophet is 
God's gift. How may we know them '(Matt. 7:15-20: Jer. 
23:14-17)? 

LIVES OF CREAT MEN. A REVELATION OF GODS 
TRUTH 
Great men are God's words of truth to us. They are 
his clearest and most emphatic language (2 Cor. 3:2; Heb. 
1:1). 
REJECTING GOOD MEN 

If a great soul is a clear manifestation of God to us, then 
the rejection of such a one is really a rejection of God him- 
self (I Sam. 8:7; Luke 13:34, 35). 
RECEIVING GOOD MEN 

It is also true that to receive a good man brings God 
nearer. Here is the secret of Christian fellowship, the life 
of each reveals God to the other (Matt. 10:40, 41; 18:5; 
9:37; Luke 9:48; John 13:20). 
THE UNFINISHED TASK 

Amid the comforts of successes already won, the ordinary 
man is always forgetting the unfinished task. Great men 
call us to it (Luke 18:10-13). 

DISCU5SION 
What are the genuine marks of greatness? The counter- 
feit? 

Is not the rejection of Jesus the supreme offense? Why? 
Why do great men so often suffer persecution, exile and 



death ? 



R. H. M. 



How Big a Navy Do We Need? 
In its issue for Jan. 18 the "Chicago Daily Tribune' 



In its issue lor jau. »u "■- -=- - 

printed in the same column, and under a common head, 
naval news from Washington. D. C. and London. England 
The column started out bravely with the statement of 
Admiral Hughes before the house naval committee to the 
effect that Secretary Wilbur's $740,000,00(1 program would 
B ive the country only a "reasonable degree of security. 
What is needed, according to this big navy man, l. over- 
whelming superiority over any other sea power- a flee 
second to none." Admiral Hughes ,s credited with saying 
that we need a billion for new navel construction and not a 
oaltry $740,000,000. All of which leads the writer to ask . 
if we are doomed under a $740,000,000 naval program wha, 
assurance is there that $1,000,000,000 will be enough? Is 
there really any limit to what might be urged for naval 
defense so long as we depend on might rather than good- 
will' In the opinion of this paragrapher the figures .used 
by the naval men prove nothing so clearly as the utter 
futility of the big navy idea. Suppose we pass England 
in naval power, and England should turn again to Japan. 
Would it not then be urged that we would have to out- 
build these two nations? This would force England and 
Japan-if they were so foolish as to trust in might a one- 
o gather other nations into a defensive alliance, with the 
result that the United States might conceivably soon be 
pitting her resources against the world. Thus the big navy 
idea when pushed to its logical conclusion, is disclosed as 
an utterly futile policy. Indeed a tithe of the sun, asked 
for the big navy, if spent in the interests of goodwill, won d 
promote a type of security which a naval force equal to 
that of all the other nations of the world could not bring. 
And especially is this true in the light of the attitude of 
other nations. After devoting about three-fourths of he 
space used, to Washington news or the presentation of the 
big navy idea, the article referred to concluded with a 
London news item to the effect that "the British govern- 
ment has decided on further reductions in its naval build- 
ing program. Another cruiser is to be abandoned, which 
makes a total of three since the Geneva naval conference 
Ihowing a saving in the estimate of z5,500,000 If .500,000 
In view of all this how big a navy do we need? Certain.) 
not the biggest in the world, for such a navy promises 
nothing but such ill will and fear on the part of oh 
nations that the biggest navy we could build would rather 
aggravate than solve the situation. How big a navy do 
we need? Certainly not as large as England s, since she 
seems to be trying to get out from under the untenable 
situation which her historic big navy program has brought 



upon her. The big navy idea has not brought England 
security, but a giant competitor in the United States. Do 
we want to find ourselves in' a similar position in the 
course of a generation or two? How big a navy do we 
need? Certainly not more than our share toward the 
needed naval police force oi (he world. And we could 
get it down to this if we would quit talking billion dollar 
naval construction plans and cultivate the new and prom- 
ising defenses based upon understanding and goodwill. 



Sane Words on Reading 
The Gentle Reader of ye olden times is sorely perplexed 
in these days by the very abundance of that which he may 
read. The morning paper on the writer's desk is a forty 
page issue. To read all that it contains would require the 
whole day; there would be no time for anything else. And 
then after one had read forty pages eight columns wide. 
and averaging perhaps not less than 4,000 words to the 
page what would he have? Doubtless something of the 
feeling the writer of Ecclesiastcs had when be remarked 
that " all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there 
was no profit under the sun." At least we are sure that 
the reader would not have gained anything that he would 
not ordinarily get in the first quarter of an hour spent 
on the daily paper. In view of this situation we add these 
sane words on the influence of reading: " But reading gives 
us contact and communion with the great souls of the 
ages Good books and clean literature bring the great of 
earth to our fireside. ... To become acquainted with 
these and be able to call them our friends ,s to build char- 
acter and expand life and to become like them. The same 
is as true of the great souls living today. To have lived 
through this generation and not know quite intimately the 
prophets of our own time and the great souls of this age 
is to miss a very vital and indispensable factor for char- 
acter building that can be had in no other way. But books 
and literature, like any other great boon to humankind, 
may be a blessing or a curse, according to our attitude. 
Reading must be selective. Much that is accessible is 
positively harmful and destructive and to be avoided as 
one would avoid the most deadly poison. What a Wave, j 
on our Christian profession to observe that about the only 
literary diet that is placed before many Christian house- 
holds is the modern daily newspaper, with its emphasis on 
the sensational, the vicious, and the coarser phases of life 
and daily living. ... No one would suggest tha he 
daily paper should be eliminated entirely, hut we just can 
not hope for any worth while growth in character building 
u „less .here is a balanced ration of good and wholesome 
reading placed alongside of the daily press, that Christians 
may know and appreciate the spiritual interpretation ot 
world events. If we would develop character that is 
Christlike and beautiful and abiding, we will see to it that 
the reading matter in our homes is clean and wholesome, 
and such as will contribute to that end." 



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The Plea of the Prophets 

(Continued From Page 51) 

swift and direlul punishment that sin would bring in. 
Thev Plead the love, forgiveness and long-suffenng of 
God as n stimulus to righteousness. 

it must not be overlooked that their outcry wa 
asrainst Israel. Their warnings and plea were to God s 
ovTpe P e. Was there no sin. erime and corruption 
^"nation's around them? Was there no w.cKed^e 
and oppression outside of Israel? Lots ot«r-*»x* 
and wo'rse. doubtless, than there was w.tlun Isr el. 
But because Israel were God's people and God s de 
liverance and care.and revelation had been so signally 
bestowed on Israel, more was expected of them. Be 
cause great things had been committed to them, and 
Z were on the earth to represent God in the wori4 
and through them God was reveahng "Jo the 
world, their aets of wickedness were not only more 
deserving of condemnation, and must bring more dire- 
ful punishment on themselves, but by their actions they 
were defeating God's purposes. 

These lessons have large place and aptness in the hte 
of the church today. Morality is not religion ; honesty, 
integrity and probity are not, of themselves Christi- 
anity, but they are proper and expected evidences o 
Christianity. Nothing avails in salvation but the blood 
and grace of Christ. But to walk humbly with ones 
God will result in the manifestation of justice and 
kindness in one's life. Morality is the fruit of re- 
ligion ; and it is by the fruits that trees and men are 

known. , ™ ■ .. 

There is a manifest distinction between Chnst s 
true church and the world. We are to put off the old 
man with his deeds, and become new creatures in 
Christ Jesus ; and walk in newness of life. " Teaching 
us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we 
should live soberly, righteously, and godly [in the 
other world? In heaven? In the spirit world?) ... th.s 
present world." 

Well may we cry out against wickedness in high 
places; against banditry and high-handed crime; but 
it were well for the batteries of the present day proph- 
ets to be let loose also against the sins within the 
church Their message may not be welcomed. It 
may not be an open way to popularity to the preacher. 
It is evident that Hosea, Micah, Amos and Jeremiah 
were not nattered or puzzled overmuch to decide about 
" calls to larger fields," and, incidentally, fatter sal- 
aries. 

There is still a distinctive line between the true 
church and the world. The world expects it. we grant 
it, and God demands it. Fruits meet for repentance 
are not only demanded by God, but the onlooker ex- 
f pects to see such fruit. Rightly there is more ex- 
pected from a church member than from an outsider. 
A religious man who disregards his just debts and 
obligations invites disrespect for himself and for his 
religion. A preacher who is manifestly selfish, sinis- 
ter and personally pettish loses out for himself and for 
his cause. Time was when it was said : " A Dunker's 
word is as good as his bond. A Dunker's pledge is a 
liquid asset, and as valuable as old wheat in the bin or 
as cash in hand." It may always be said of a true 
Christian. Any variance from this by a church mem- 
ber brings reproach on the church. 

Bro. Balsbaugh used to tell of an old brother who 
attended the Harrisburg market. He was loud and 
conspicuous in the plainness of his person and his garb. 
But he would put the big strawberries on the top and 
the culls in the bottom of the baskets, and fine shining 
potatoes on display in the hampers, covered small and 
inferior ones underneath. Other market men did the 
same. But the plain old man was singled out and be- 
came the butt and joke»of the market ; because he' pub- 
lished himself as being religious they expected better 
of him. What of the incident? That it proves the 
fallacy or folly of plainness of dress and manner? 
No. It simply argues that the brother's life and deal- 
ing should have been in harmony with his profession 
and it would have commended his religion instead of 
shading it. The man simply lost an opportunity. The 
high school girl — or boy — of today who would main- 
tain Christian consistency has a difficult walk to make 
— and probably a lonely one. But she has a fine 



opportunity. Reverting to the market man; while the 
incident is a reflection on the man, it is a compliment 
to the religion which he professed-because his re- 
ligion was expected to produce fairness and honesty 
within those holding it. The counterfeit bank note 
extols the value of the genuine and proves there is 
something worth counterfeiting. 

Crying out against Israel's sins was not popular 
within Israel. It would have been more popular and 
acceptable to hear their preachers rail against 
the sins of the Philistines and the Moabites and the 
other lies around them. I doubt not the Israelites 
squirmed and resented it. Poor old Jeremiah had a 
hard time of it. The outcry of the preacher against 
sin is probably as unpopular and unwelcome within 
the church as it is outside when it strikes at sins within 
the church. But that is no reason why the preacher 
should withhold or refrain. People do not, as a rule, 
enjoy having their sins bared to them. It smarts. It 
hurts and makes them feel uncomfortable. Some peo- 
ple even church members, do not like to have their 
duties pressed on them overmuch; it interferes with 
their plans and pleasures-and possessions, sometimes. 
The amount of money spent now is marvelous. But 
much of it is consumed on our own lusts, for personal 
pleasure and self-gratification. So little of it, com- 
paratively, finds its way into the offerings to the Lord 
for church and benevolent purposes. I know this is the 
same old cry ; and lots of people squirm under it and re- 
sent it. But squirming is rather a bad sign. It indicates 
that something has been hit. Sam Jones had a way of 
checkmating resentment and criticism that worked. 
He lectured years ago in our town. The house was 
crowded. Every preacher in the town was seated on 
the rostrum .around him (by his own arrangement, 
probably) .and members of every church were seated 
in the pews. During his sermon, to the mingled pity, 
indignation and amusement of those parishioners (say- 
ing nothing of the feelings of the preachers them- 
selves), he let loose his wit and sarcasm on the preach- 
ers and flayed them mercilessly. After expatiating 
(and exaggerating) on the foibles, failures and self- 
ishness of preachers, he turned to the pews and said : 
" Now if any of your dear pastors come to you with 
hurt feelings and complain at what I have said, just 
remember this one thing— and say it to them if you 
want to : 'It is the struck dog that yelps.' " And the 
preachers consumed their indignation and laughed with 
the rest. 

Surely our church needs awakening, not only on 
this subject of giving, but certainly on this one with 
the rest. Oh, for a tithing church ! Some say tithing 
is not in accord with the New Testament. But cer- 
tainly giving of less than a tenth of one's income is 
not according to the letter and spirit of the New Testa- 
ment. A Christian ought to be as good by grace, in 
this as in other matters, as a Jew was required to be 
by law. But ninety-nine per cent of those who do not 
tithe are not; and much of the opposition to tithing, 
either on " spiritual " or other grounds, comes from 
those who give less than a tenth. If all our own peo- 
ple would tithe their income for the Lord there would 
not be a deficit anywhere, nor would there be a cause 
to go begging ; nor would any one be the poorer. 

It is said that missionary spirit and missionary ac- 
tivities constitute a sort of measure or indicator of 
the spiritual status of the church. And yet it is an 
appalling fact that the missionary activities of nearly 
every Protestant church are paralyzed today by em- 
barrassing deficits. The trouble is not external ; it is 
internal. 

The disasters of Israel and Judah, their captivity 
and scattering, the plowing up of Jerusalem, the raz- 
ing of their proud temple and the departure of its 
glory did not come because either of the power or the 
sins of their enemies ; but because of their own sins 
and apostasy. The honor of God through the sanctity 
of his people was the plea of the prophets. Today 
the threatened tragedy is not from outside but from 
inside the church. 



Did Christ or the Holy Ghost Establish the 
Church? 

BY REUEL B. PRITCHETT 

This question was asked by Eld. Jess .D.I Clark of 
Jonesboro, Tenn., in the Messenger of Oct. 22, 192/. 
I have never, been able to see any good reason why we 
should separate the work of Christ and the Ho y 
Ghost, especially since Christ ascended only forty 
days before the coming of the Holy Ghost in its ful- 

ness. . , 

For they did their work in about the same age- 
as Moses and Aaron lived in the same age, Christ and 
John the Baptist in the same age and Paul and Silas in 
the same age. Christ and the Holy Ghost coexisted 
with each other from the creation. Chnst was God s 
everlasting promise to man; the Holy Spirit (Ghost) 
has always figured in all religious service ill*" 
Christ's big mission on earth was to fulfill he old 
Mosaic and prophetic law and give us the Christian 
church instead of the Jewish church; to organize a 
church with more spirit and less form. To fail to do 
this would be to fail to fulfill his mission on earth 

^The 6 baptism of Jesus is recorded in Matt. 3 Mark 
1 and Luke 3. Each writer tells us of how God the 
Father acknowledges his Son immediately after this 
act and the real constructive work of Christ there be- 



gan. 



" Lord God of hosts, be with us yet. 
Lest we forget, lest we forget 1" 

Huntingdon, Pa. 



Matt 10:1, Mark 6:7 and Luke 9:1 tells us that 
he chose the twelve apostles. Was not that a step 
towards organization ? He sent them out two and two ; 
he -ave them power and authority over devils and 
unclean spirits. Luke 9 : 2 tells us that they were to 
preach the Kingdom of God. Was not that the church 
at work under Christ's direction? 

Luke 10 ■ 1 one year later, we find that Christ chose 
other seventy; at this time, A. D. 32, we have eighty- 
two men with authority to preach the Kingdom of 

God. , , t 

Matt 16 ■ 13-19 tells of Peter's noble confession. 
We believe Christ ordained Peter into the ministry 
of his church. The nineteenth verse proves that there 
is not only a church triumphant but also a church 
militant; thus we find two churches, though it is still a 
long way from the day of Pentecost. 

Here in Tennessee the question of who started the 
church has been debated for a number of years. Some 
claim that John the Baptist started the church. This 
claim is made only to give prestige to a certain de- 
nomination with a similar name. 

The Christian church, sometimes called Campbell- 
ites claims that the church was not organized until 
the'day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1, A. D. 33). These 
claims are made in order to get by without observing 
feet-washing, the Lord's supper and other church ordi- 
nances. 

We notice Acts 2: 14 tells us of Peter preaching a 
great sermon. Wasn't he the logical man to do that 
preaching since he was ordained by Christ (Matt. 16: 
18 A. D. 32)? Matt. 16: 19 tells us that Christ gave 
to 'him the keys of. the Kingdom, not in the sense that 
the Catholic Church looks at it, but in the sense that 
he was a good leader. Acts 2:41 tells us that under 
Peter's preaching there were three thousand souls 
added. Wasn't that a wonderful use of the keys? 

Notice, added to what? added to the church. Now 
Acts 2 says nothing about organization, but says a lot 
about promoting and expanding; and best of all, add- 
ing souls to those they already had. Added, may I 
say, to John's baptized believers who were organized 
into a church by Christ as many as eighty-two who had 
the authority to preach. 

May I ask concerning the twelve in the upper room : 
Were they not church members? To the artist who 
painted the picture of the last supper with Christ in 
the midst, were those on either side members of his 
organized body? Was not Judas a member of Christ's 
organized body, therefore a so-called church member? 
If not, why so censure him for betraying Christ? 

Now back to Matt. 16: 18: / will build my church. 
The personal pronoun / means Christ, not the Holy 
Ghost, and whether he did it prior to this time or was 
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differs not. We can rest assured that he did the work 
himself. Christ was the chief Cornerstone and used 
men as material in the building. The choosing of the 
twelve, the calling of the seventy, the ordination of 
Peter and the delivery of the keys of the Kingdom 
all go to prove that Christ did organize the church. 

In Acts 1 : 26 the calling of Mathias to take the 
place of Judas proves that the church was functioning 
up to the hour of the coming of the Holy Ghost 
(Pentecost). Christ in his Sermon on the Mount 
(Matt. 5: 13, 14), where he used the expression, " Ye 
are the salt of the earth ... ye are the light of 
the world," is presenting the idea that the responsi- 
bility must pass to men. Regarding the coming of 
the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost, he was sent 
as a promised Comforter by Christ to direct affairs in 
his organized church. 
White Pine, Term. 



invisible to man but visible to God. It is older than 
Israel. Turn with me to Eph. 1:4: " According as he 
hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the 
world that we should be holy and without blame before 
him in love." All right, says one. Paul did not say 
Jesus had chosen the church before the foundation of 
the world, but us. May I ask who was Paul writing 
to? If Paul did not direct this letter to the Ephesian 
church as a body not one of his fourteen letters was 
meant for a church. So here is where I first find the 
church of Jesus Christ, in God. Mind, even before the 
foundation of the world. But not visible to man until 
after Jesus purchased it with his blood (Acts 20: 28). 
Quinter, Kans. 




A Friendly Reply 

BY WM. WELLS 

In the Gospel Messenger for Dec. 3, 1927, I read 
with pleasure the articles of Brethren Yearout and 
Sharp on the subject of the organizing of the church 
of Jesus Christ. In a friendly way I disagree with 
both of them. Personally I am not setting up my judg- 
ment against that of these two aged brethren. I heard 
Bro. Yearout preach many sermons back in Virginia. 
Here is my answer to the question : " And I say also 
unto thee, that thou art Peter ; and upon this rock I 
will build my church ; and the gates of Hades shall not 
prevail against it" (Matt. 16: 18). 

Now if Christ had already organized his church here 
on earth, why did he not use the word have instead of 
the word will? Because I understand the Scriptures 

J to plainly teach me the church was not a personal, or- 

ganized institution while Christ's personal ministry 
was going on here on earth, does not lessen my belief 
in the force and importance of this message. No, 
Jesus said to his disciples. " When I go away ,1 will- 
[not I have] send you another Comforter and when 
he is come he will bring all things to your remembrance 
whatsoever I have said unto you." Now that saying 
of Jesus went into full force when he, the Holy Spirit, 
came. It was not with the disciples when Jesus took 
his departure from them and went back to heaven as 
it was during the three days that his body lay in the 
tomb. One had said. " I go a fishing," and another. 
"I go with you," and so on. No more fishing for 
them. But I am led to believe that at least one hundred 
and twenty people, yes, men and women, went im- 
mediately to their task with the power of the Holy 
Spirit as their immediate Helper in so much that Peter 
preached a sermon that day that must have aroused 
the whole city of Jerusalem. And I read in Acts 2 : 41 
that three thousand were added to them that day. Who 
is meant by " them "?— added to the believers of 
Christ. Not a word is yet said about a church. But 
in the last verse of Acts 2 the writer says the Lord 
added to the church daily such as would be saved. 
There is the first mention of the personal existing 
church of Christ here on earth as I am led to see it. 

I am not saying that the church was a stranger to 
Christ, but it surely was to the disciples. It is just 
as clear to me as the noonday sun that the church was 
made known and the purpose of it to the disciples 
through and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Just 
what was going to take place between the cross and the 
crown was a mystery to the first followers of Christ. 
When I say the actual personal existence of the church 
of Jesus Christ took place either on or immediately 
after the day of Pentecost I do not mean that Jesus' 
teaching before that day was nonessential. But the 
coming of the Holy Spirit and bringing what Jesus 
had taught them to their remembrance clinches it with 
the force and power of high heaven on them. Yes, 
and on us today with equal force. God forbid that I 
should say feet-washing is a nonessential. Neither 
would I say any other teaching of Jesus is a nonessen- 
tial. 

It may be this scribbling may find a place in the 
waste basket. But since I have said what I have I still 
have a bit more to say about the origin of the church. 



MONTANA FIELD NOTES 

Since our last notes from this section, many things have 
transpired and quite a few changes have taken place, and 
yet by God's love and mercy a few of us are still in the 
field for Christ and the church. 

Eld. S. S. Blough of Sterling. 111., came to us last fune 
and most earnestly and faithfully preached Jesus to our 
little flock each evening for two weeks: nearly every eve- 
ning before preaching he took some time to explain in 
particular the doctrines of Christ as understood, believed 
and practiced by our beloved people— the Church of the 
Brethren. Bro. Blough did us much good and we are 
thankful to God for his labors of love among us. He lived 
his preaching among us and it is the living of our preaching 
that counts most. 

Summer is gone, harvest is past, great crops of grain 
have been gathered, and oh, how we wish the Lord had 
received his big share of it I 

In December, 1926, the Grandview church with Poplar 
Valley church mutually accepted a dividing line which 
placed thirty-five members in the Poplar Valley church, 



there arc many other calls for schools. However, we have 
not the Spirit-filled workers to supply these open doors of 
opportunity. A good teacher with a burning passion for 
souls is a wonderful blessing to Christ's Kingdom, a poor 
one is a curse. 

The Kaylors have been out in camp since the last of 
November, They are working in the district northeast of 
Vada. It is evident that the people there are openminded 
and our hold on them is dependent largely on the type of 
Christianity presented them now and in the future. It 
takes real Christlikc living to draw Indians to Christ. A 
" form of Christianity but denying the power thereof," will 
not work. 

The work at the station is being supervised at present by 
Miss Swartz. She with her Bible woman is doing her best 
in Vada and the surrounding villages to get the Gospel 
story' before the people. As a whole they are friendly 
enough. They with the station force are eagerly looking 
forward to the coming of the Ebeys in February. 

Owing to the lack of sufficient response from the imme- 
diate community, the station Boarding School was closed 
in August. Since then more emphasis has been placed on 
the rural Boarding School and a missionary has been placed 
on the spot to supervise the work. The work is encouraging 
in spite of big problems. 

God has a great work to perform in Vada taluka and he 
is asking us to share the responsibility and do our best 
in every way for him. Some day we shall together praise 
him for souls won for him here. The field is white to 
harvest but good Indian laborers are surely few. Pray for 
the work at Vada. God answers prayer. 

Anna B. Brumbaugh. 




and these, with others who have moved this past fall to 
other fields, reduced our number of members to forty-sue 
and these much scattered. J. S. Geiser is the only minister 
left in this congregation since Bro. Harry K. Swank, with 
his wife and child, moved to Poplar Valley church. 

Cold and snow came to stay with us early in November, 
cutting off our services, so until about April 1 we can- 
not hold services in our church as a number of us 
have no way of travel. ,01d residents in these parts say 
they never saw such a long spell of such cold weather with- 
out a let up for nearly two months till las. week when 
there came a most welcome mild spell which is still with 
us at this writing. We thank God for th.s relief. 

r- ■, „ . J- S. Geiser. 

Froid, Mont. J 



NOTES FROM VADA, INDIA 

On Oct 21 two of your number again set foot on sunny 
India's soil. The same day the writer was pleased to get 
hack to Vada where she had previously spent five years. 

Vada though not a big station, is still on the map. Truly, 
things work slowly and big results are not '""-J™ 1 °™ 
work is to have faith in God's promises and do our best for 
him according to his direction. He will take care of the 
results. , , . 

The government has closed several village schools in our 
district, so that there are practically none in the east half 
of the :aluka except our mission schools. Of these there are 
five including the rural boarding school, eleven miles north- 
east of Vada itself. The aim of these schoo s is certainly 
evangelism, as all our work is meant to be. Unless we get 
Christ to the people, all our work is in vain. 

All through the district, the people are friendly and 



THE CHURCH AT WAYNESBORO 

Dec. 7, 1927, was the fifth anniversary of the organization 
of the Waynesboro congregation, Pa. This organization 
was effected about two months after Eld. J. M. Moore 
came to do pastoral work for us. Originally it was a part of 
the Antictam congregation, one of the oldest congregations 
west of the Susquehanna River. This congregation was or- 
ganized about 17S2. William Stover, a native of Switzer- 
land was the first elder. Many of his descendants are now 
active in- church work. Eld. Wilbur B. Stover, the or- 
ganizer of our mission work in India, is a de- 
scendant of his. 

The first church building erected in the con- 
gregation was the Price church, now known 
as the Antictam church, erected in 1795. The 
Wclty church, about nine miles distant, was 
erected in 1SJ6. In 1871 this congregation be- 
gan holding services in Waynesboro, having 
bought a church which was previously owned 
and used by other denominations as a union 
church. This little church was built in 1830. 
We continued using it until 1903 when it was 
torn down and the present brick structure 
erected. 

Since our separate organization this build- 
ing has been enlarged to give more room for 
the Sunday-school and other church activities. 
A two-story building was built in the rear to 
accommodate twenty-six classes. It is ar- 
ranged with folding doors so that each de- 
partment can assemble together and yet each 
class can have a room of its own for recita- 
tion. By this addition the Sisters' Aid room 
was enlarged so that they now have a sixteen 
by twenty-two-foot room. A commodious kitchen and a 
pantry were placed in the basement with an assembly room 
adjoining it; -which is also used as a dining room when 
needed, and as a class room for the Men's Bible Class on 
Sunday. A baptismal pool was also placed in the church. 
The cut accompanying shows the one end of the new addi- 
tion in the rear. 

Our new bulletin board which daily gives a silent message to 
those passing by is placed on the lawn at the top of the 
terrace. Adjoining the church lot on the left ,s the par- 
sonage It was formerly the home of Bro. Samuel Oiler 
but was bought by the church and in 1925 was remodeled. 

The activities of the church since its organization have 
greatly increased. We now have four Christian Workers 
departments: adult, young people, intermediate and junior 
which are doing an excellent work in spiritual development 
and in the training of our boys and girls, the church leaders 
of the future. It is a splendid supplement to their Sunday- 
school work. Bro. David Snider who was recently licensed 
to preach has been an active worker in Y. P. D. Several of 
our voung people attended Camp Harmony last summer 
and returned home with new enthusiasm and a deeper 
consecration in their Christian life. 

rorking nobly. The sisters 



The Sisters' Aid Society - 
have an all-day session each week for quilting and sewing. 
They contribute to both home and foreign work. They have 
a special fund for a new church carpet, in which they now 
have over $1,100. 

The Dorcas Society organized about two years ago meets 
one evening each week. This society was formed for the 
women who can not attend the day session. They do needle 

(Confirmed on Page 62) 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 28, 1928 



Notes From Our Correspondents 



(Co. 



Fr 



Page 53) 



The i 









Jiijs1cri.il com: 

i following his present 1 
md recommendation 
__-iugarated church nigh 
meetings that had been held 
practice the first half hour '- 
The next half hour ; - 
for prayer and prai 
all seem to enjoy e 
Jan. 10. 



elect! 



of Bro. August!-. 

unanimously adopted. Our 

take the place of the various 

the week. W« 

(or adults and story telhn 

<cn for discussion in groups, and me wwj 

The attendance averages now around 100 an 1 

h night.-PaulIne Shirk Keim, Nampa, Idaho. 



Becker. 



child n 



Ralph G. b.lek l»« »J« p.,,„ .nd "^JXSf^'in^Ed 
as a lam lumily loBcther. A ...to ",.'?,,„",, ,,.,„„, of tlic 

and Bethany Bible, School winch .-ere enjojel very 
Rariek a,.d i.lle took Up the pastoral .lut.c, Jan. I. 1 Ik - 

■ _i_.i.. !_ -.i„.i.l-,.i.-.- .mil -.mrit. Uromcr an" •»■= 

is growing 



the proposition submitted by the Mi 
conclusively, that they are going t 
Kingdom in this needy city. 
We have In our Week Day Cli 
pupils. They come to Calvary one day 
lion affordi-- 



ion Board in a way that showed 

do their hest in promoting the 

„ „ Eller is to continue as pastor. 

ch School an enrollment of 142 grade 

rach week for Bible mstruc- 

xcel.ent opportunity for sowing the good 






hearts. 



tctiool 



attendance add spin 



lethel i 



Astoria.— la: 
E. F. Caslow 
jive reports 



ILLINOIS 

our quarterly business meeting ■ 
oderator. The various commit" 

tivittcs during the last quarter- 



Aid 






good report 






Weber tendered his resignati 

was elected to take his plat 



raised for his support 



Bro. 



, held wiih Eld 
most of the, 
"last 'nuarter. The Lad. 
during the year. Bro. I'.nrl I 
,rch clerk and Bro. Marlin Bake, 
church is without a pastor am 
as the necessary funds can hi 
ruber has been preaching for u: 
iges are very inspiring and help 
re much appreciated and the interest in the wot I 

services, nit mnsu corainiucc » v ,___-__ L .i 

time in the near future. Union meetings are 
Methodist church with Rev. Grady Cantrell, e 
He is to preach for us next Sunday morning. J; 
of Chicago, field worker for the General Mr- 
splendid 



have moved into our coiigrcga 
to the vocal and instrume 
year for the Lord 
lnd- Jan. 16. 

Burnet tsvillc.-Thc church met in council Jan 
Pctry as moderator. Jan. 15 was Decision Day. 
came out on the Lord's side which i 
R. Tobias. Burnettsville. Ind.. Jan. 16. 



M 



,i-,H.hr = 



ade 



■ unci! Dot 



, Sunday-school 
Is all rejoice.— 



Carl Voder 



each Lord's Day morning 



held in the 

delist in charge. 
IS J. J. Scrogum 
loard, gave us a 
interest of missions and also preached a sermon 
„„ the subject. Making a Record, which was very uphftlng.- 
Mrs Rosella Sullivan, Astoria, HI., Jan. 16. 

tin Ratavia church as strangers to all of the people. Hut it was 
n„ long u„tt by thcir social contact, and pleasing personalis they 
made all .eel as i. they had known the «^<»' »**,■;.'* 
lor many years. When Brother and Ststcr Austin left »»'"*'» '" 
\. . ' ,l\„l„re all lelt a, II they were kidding good-bye to 
some of their very' best Iricnds. Bro. Austin preached the messages 
nl the Lord into the hearts and lives of the 
sermons there was spiritual lood both for the 
lor not only were souls won to Chr "' 
Christ. Sister Austin in a very mas 



English Prairie church met in i 
presiding. Church and Suu.lay-schooi otneers 
coming year: Bro. Paul Voder superintendent 
Sister Mary Burger. Christian Workers preside 
elder Dec. 25 the children gave a Christmas 

Kg Sr-S.'SS" Wl S^l^mg'to f , the now nymnai. 
in the near future -Mrs. Banks Light, Howe, Ind., Jan. 14. 

yesterday. Our Sunday- 
have been added to our 



with Eld. 

were chosen for the 
of the Sunday-school: 
it; Bro. Chas. A. Light, 

pageant entitled, The 
lie money 



... Sunday-school is enjoying a 

young people put on a fine play. 

drew a large and appreciative 

im. The boys and girls of the 

Christmas eve. Some of 

for "Calvary are Easter, Mother's Day. 

,d Son Day. etc. Two have been baptized since 

members were chosen on the ministerial board 

eeting. The negro singers of Western College 

o render a musical program at Calvary Feb. J, 

s Calvary is fortunate in securing Rev. 

ry of the No- 

L— Mrs. N. A. 






Middletown.- 



Offic. 

have to lose 

■ e us another 1 
econd Sunday 
us Christinas 
,Vc have good 
. Wm. 



ii(in-g:.tn 



In hi: 

built up in 

■rful way led the singing, both 
so well that the congregation 
could not help but r'espond by singing its very -best Sister Austin 
also used many stories in presenting God s truth to th. 
These story messages were not only profitable for th< 



: now have five. 

"March- Bro. William g: 
i. He preached for us the 

J. J. Scrogum talked for us 

Board's need of money. We 
vices We are very sorry that 
,uch longer But we are trusting to get 
.-Florida J. E. Green, Middletown, Ind:; 



th Eld. D. 

ittecs were 

'in; "Mes- 

Dec. 25 

close of 



congri 



ational and 



for the 



childrt 









well. The 



icdiate 



already been baptized. Sev 



1 Sistci 



Au-iin 



■evival for us.— Gayle Smith, 



Canton chui 



Caslow 






precious souls, eigniee ui iruuiii ....... «... j — 

iral were heads of families, and iour families were made one hundred 
L, ™. ri.ri.tian It was indeed a real joy to labor with Brother 
i this part of God's vineyard for the salvation of 
, licit wishes and prayers go with the Austins wher- 
ever 'they may go. and we hope that in years to come. Brother ai 
Sister Austin will again conduct a 
Batavia, 111., Jan. 17. 

:0Uncil with 
Officers for 1928 were i 
,u. Caslow; clerk. Harry Lehman; trustc 
"Messenger" correspondent and agent, the writer A committee was 
chosen to nominate officers instead of the church board.— Mrs. Clias. 
O. Johnson, Canton, III., Jan. 16. 

Elgin.- According to our pastor's sermon on the threshold of 1928. 
Listening Backward and Looking Forward, may we make record only 
of those events that profit us in carrying on the Masters plans for 
of the Kingdom. Financially the records have been 
i Thanksgiving was $1", and 
as $205. which sum. included 
r the Black Brothers Fund, 
:a. The financial committee 



follows: Elder, 
:nry^ War 



school is growing in inter 
number so instead of fou. 
been elected for another year. 
some of our best workers 
discourse on WhatJs Hea 
as his father was sick. 
Day in behalf of the Mis: 
attendance at our evening 
Dillon will not be with U! 
some one to fill the vacai 
Jan. 16. 

Pleasant Dale church met in business session Dec 
W. Paul presiding. Officers and members of var .ous c om m 

i= SaZe'AtriS^u.'w .'.iron^'to *,-- «• 

The amount raised was S 109 30 ior the Black Brothers fund. In tbc 
evernno a large crowd witnessed the stcrcopticon slides portraying the 
St, j of Christ The outlook fo, the coming year is verypromi.ing 
under the efficient leadership of our pastor. Bro. i. 1. 
wffe.-Dorothy Dilling, Decatur, Ind., Jan. 11. 

hurch met in council Dec. 29 with 
„. Four letters were granted and offi 
Trustee. C. C Alberts; assistant superintendent, Mr' 
On Christmas morning a prograi 

taken for world-wide missions. .... ... - ■ 

,,.„ no service on New Year's Day. Jan. 15 Bro Myers of: North 
Dakota gave us two very interesting sermons.-Mrs. Maggie Nihart, 
Middlcbury, Ind.. Jan. 16. 

Second South Bend.-Dec. 4 Bro. E. B. Holt gave us an illustrated 
lecture on .he archa-ology of the Bible, also including Ins lecture. 
Footprints of God on Earth and Sky. Both were hue and greatly 
appreciated. Our Christmas program was given on Dec. B, the or.- 
mines using the 6r<t half ol the service, followed by the adults giving 
their message in song. Our plan, were ,o hold a watch meat.- 
our pastor, Bi 
lecture for the 
Sunday 



?rcd by our con- 

_ joplc's Conference 
cty young people as- 
•ndered; 



Pleasant Valley 



the growth 

gratifying. The home 

that for world-wide missions at Cliristi 
$26.87 from the juniors and primaries 
and $40 from the B. Y. P. D. for Af 









mber conv 
nd open forum di 
five o'clock" vesper' services on Sunday evening have made for 
attendance. We have been privileged to hear some excellent 
by men of prominence at the united Sunday evening services 
The women are studying A Straight Way Toward Tomorrow 
monthly missionary meetings, sewing Thursday of each week and 
as a Sunday-school class meeting at representative homes once each 
month. A training class was held for six two-hour sessions in Novem- 
ber and December, studying the teaching values of the Old Testament 
under ihe direction of Bro. H. H. Helman, and early childhood' 
under Bro. Ezra Flory. The class will continue in further sessions 
in February. In the absence of our pastor, Bro. H. H. Helman, in 
evangelistic work in New Carlisle, Ohio, in January, we received 
messages from Bro. William Beahm on furlough from Africa, Bro. 
J. W. Lear and Bro. Edward Frantz. Our missionary zeal was 
rekindled during the presence of Brother and Sister Beahm Jan. 3. 
Jan. IS Bro. Virgil C. Finncll presented a message in pictures on the 
evils of the cigarct. A yearbook of our local church is ready for the 
prcss.-Edith Barnes. Elgin. III., Jan. 18 

Liberty.— The Sunday-school is progressing very nicely. We were 
very much pleased to have Bro. O. G. Davis with us Dec. IB. He 
gave a very interesting talk on the conditions of church and state 
today. The Ladies' Aid held a food sale Dec. 23. the proceeds amount- 
ing to S1G.— Laurence Walton, Liberty, 111., Jan. IS. 

Naperville (Bethel) church has two more baptisms to report,, as an 
aftermath of our revival effort in October. The work here has been 
taking vast strides the past year in increased attendance at services, 
offerings, and increased membership by baptism and letter. Our 
pastor, Bro. J. S. Flory, has been absent the past months holding 
revival meetings. During this time the pulpit was filled mainly by 
local ministers. Two weeks ago our elder, Bro. Funderburg, gave 
us a very inspiring talk. On Christmas eve our Sunday-school gave 
a program. Watch night services were hindered somewhat by the 
severe snow storm. Our quarterly council convened Jan 11 at which 
time church officers were chosen for the year. Eld. Funderburg 



hymns and thcir composers, a rare treat I 
made happy by a promising young father 
the fold. Bro. Edw. Stump is to assist us 
gelistic meeting. Our Sunday-school is roovi 
and we are hoping to do more and better 
before us.— Dora A. Henricks, South Bend, Ii 
met in council 
rl McFarland. c 






ers elected: 

iche Carper. 

i and a collection of $61 

On account of bad weather tber 



Fike, who had promised us an illustrated 
was detained on account of the storm. But 
few who could get out enjoyed the lee 



these young and tend. 

splendid growth in attendance. I 

The Road to the City, recently 

audience and netted a handsomi 

Sunday 'school rendered a fine prograi 

the big days in the near futur~ '- 

Decision Day, Fatln 

our last report. Tl 

at our last member 

Kansas City. Mo., are to r« 

sponsored by the Bible class, wiv-., » .-"-•-» 

Chas M Fillmore of Indianapolis, Ind.. general scu 

Tobacco League of America for a lecture about Mart 

Minnix. Kansas City, Kans.. Jan. 17. 

Parsons.-Jan/lS was a day long to be rememh 
uregatlon, it being the time set for the Young I' 
of this District. On Saturday evening about 
wmbled In the Y, W. C. A. rooms when a progra: 
afterward a social hour was enjoyed. On Sunday morning Bro R 
Teach of McFherson College gave us a splendid address on the th M, 
Christian Education. Dinner was served at the church. In the after- 
noon an excellent program was given by the young people. lopiea 
were discussed intelligently and there was special mus.c From the 
large attendance it was evident that the young people have an in- 
terest in the future church program. In the evening there was another 
, e resting feature when Sister S. M. Rush of Ft. Scott Kans gave 
an illustrated lecture on the ten' most famous songs.-Mrs. W. F. 
Jones, Parsons, Kans.. Jan. 17. 

Quinter.-Bro. T, N. H. Beahm of Virginia came to us Dec. 24 ami 
preached In all ten sermons. This was as long as he could stay on 
L oun of his school work. Eld. D. A Crist and son Roy continued 
the meetings another week. As a result of this fifteen were b.pt™d 
and three await the rite. Special installation services, were conducted 
by Bro. Roy Crist for officers and teachers. These services were very 
impressive and appropriate and made each one feci the '«?«»«« 
of his position. Our elder has given us some very interest ng and 
helpful lectures on his travels in the Orient. He has also lectured 
at some of the. near-by churches. The Y. P. D. gave for our Christmas 
Program lantern slide, on the Passion Play, which were enjoyed by 
all present.-Linda Flora, Quintcr, Kans., Jan. 11. 

Richland Center.-We have been getting along with home talent 
since the middle of August. Oct. 29 we had our love feast w. th Bro. 
Oliver Davison officiating. On Sunday Bro J S. Dell of _B« rice, 
Ncbr gave us two very practical sermons. We had a basket dinner 
and^v^ne^enjoyed 'the. day very much On Th-ksgiving Day 
Bro. S F. Miller and family of Beatrice, Nebr. were with us. m 
brought the Thanksgiving message. A bountiful dinner was served at 
noon, after which Bro. Miller gave us another very practical sermon. 
Our thank offering was $18. We bought a house, moved it on tne 
' property and now have it ready for our pastor. Wc arc 
' he very near future. Bro. Abe Galentine 
modeled and placed our folding doors in 
rkiug order, for which the membership 
young people gave a Christmas_ program, 



clai 



nd general missions ' 



were also 
and mother coming into 
in our pre- Easter evan- 
lg on with good interest, 
the year that is 



i $35— Grace Mae 



on Thanksgiving 

an inspiring talk 

lission work. Our 

I-), clearing over 



■ of severe 



d.. Ja. 



14. 



Union City cr>iinrc-gati<-ir 
was again chosen elder; P 
ing the church for twenty 
Geo. Nctzley gave the w 
primary department and : 



ugh 



Ihr, 



nissionary. 1 
churches of the i 
week of prayer.— 



c. 16. Bro. Erba 
spondent. After serv- 
as "Messenger" agent, Bro. 
the junior Ladies' Aid. The 
girls gave the Christmas pro- 
ge. Our church is cooperating 
n observing the first week of 
Ruth Ruff, Union City, Ind. 



in different 

i ago, He ga' 



led; Ruth Steck 
members were approved as 
interesting program has be 
physical, social and spirit' 
Jan. 16. 

Rockford church h; 



correspondei 

r pastor's cabinet. An 'aggressive and 

outlined for all phases of church life, 

— Estella B. M. Erb, Naperville. III., 



■al : 



ercsting meetings in the way 
ork through the early winter. The last Sunday in Novcm- 
M. C. A. boys from different cities of Illinois took charge 
of our Sunday morning worship. Dec. 18 Bro, Hendricks of Mt. 
Morris presented the work of the college. In the evening we had our 
Christmas program given hy the Sunday-school. Jan. 8 was our 
regular council meeting at which Eld. West presided. Wc arc hoping 
for advancement through the year that is before us.— Mrs. E. C. 
Wise, Rockford, 111., Jan. 10. 

INDIANA 

Auburn.— We have just closed quite a succca 
ing. Bro. C. C. Cripe gave us a wonderful and 
evening that helped us older members as well as winning three hew 
souls and bringing one back' to us. Sister Toney was with us anc 
even though it has been several weeks since she has been gone, wi 
still miss her. At our recent council meeting wc elected the followinf 
i-hurch and Sunday-school officers: Bro. Jesse Gump, .elder; Claud' 
Albert King, clerk; A. J. Witt, Sunday-school super 



gram which c 
with the . ' 
the year : 
Jan. 4. 

IOWA 

Des Moines— The church work is going forwar 
Bro. C. H. Shambergcr was with us several week 
good discourses, primarily for the young people 
number of special collections which were responded to very gen- 
erously. Among which was our Mt. Morris College quota, our 
Thanksgiving offering for home missions of the general brotherhood, 
one hundred new hymnals, new roof for the church, etc. Our Christ- 
mas special services were divided into two sections. The children 
gave their service in the forenoon and the young people in the 
evening, followed by a Christmas message by the pastor. Bro. 
Brightbill of the General Music Committee was with us in the fore- 
noon of New Year Day. He conducted a very impressive and helpful 
dedicatory service for our new hymnals— Mrs. Anna B. Landis, Des 
Moines, Iowa, Jan. 16. 

North English church met in business session Dec. 3. Church 
officers were elected for two years. Bro. W. H. Long was again 
chosen elder in charge with S. A. Miller, Sunday-school superintendent. 
A. W. Miller is president of Christian Workers' Meeting. Under the 
direction of Sisters Evelyn and Fern Kirkpatrick a Christmas program 
was given Dec. 23 by the children and young folks. Our Sunday- 
school has been climbing upward in interest, attendance and offerings 
during the past year. We hope to make a larger -gain during the 
coming year.— Mrs. S. A. Miller, South English, Iowa, Jan. 8, 

Panther Creek church met in council' Dec. 31, Several officers were 
reelected. H. L. Mcssamer will serve us again as Sunday-school 
superintendent with Olin Stine as assistant. Bro. A. M. Stine was 
reelected elder for the next two years. A committee was appointed 
to purchase and install a piano for use in our church services. Pro- 
vision was made for every phase of our work for the coming months, 
and a commendable interest was shown by both old and young. 
Several improvements have recently be 

ment. We feel encouraged as we face the prospect of the 
e, Adel, Iowa, Jan. 11. 



:pccting him to bi 
and Bro. Will Frail 
the church in firsl 
is very grateful. Dec. 24 ot 
Our offering for world-wide 
Davison, Beattic. Kans., Jan. iu. 

MARYLAND 
Brownsville—We had an interesting program 
night Bro. Samuel Lindsay of Maugansville gav 
and an offering of $52 was taken for general home 
Aid Society had a splendid sale at Brunswick De 
$S0 All three of our Sunday-schools had appropriate program 
Christmas time. Bro. Wilbur Jennings was reelected Sundays* 
superintendent. We are still without a pastor. Brethren ! 
Rowland. J. O. Butterbaugh and J. S^Bowlus recently filled 
appointments-Mrs. Nellie S. Kaet/el, Urownsvilt- 

Cherry Grove.-Our church activities go forwar. 
cold and bad roads. The Bethany literature helped prepare for -m 
offering on Bethany Day, Nov. 6. For several weeks before Thanks- 
giving special literature and sermons helped focus attention on home 
missions The Thanksgiving program was well attended and much 
enjoyed; all were glad to give of their means to foster home mis ions 
At the Christmas program this year the children wen R'^n a treat 
At this time also those who had been working all summer for the 
Black Brothers fund turned in their banks. The juniors part will go 
or the work of the Junior League, and the young people's toward 
Bro Vlohr's support in Africa. The adults' Chr.stmas f««*™* 
for missions. It is encouraging to note the larger number of homes 
,g the "Messenger." Our pastor, R. A. Haney is 
ces at Georges Creek, a near-by church, in the 
,r there. Our Sunday-school will be evergrcenagain 
D. M. Merrill, Lonaconing, Md., Jan. 10. 
, „.idge church has just closed a helpful and inspiring meeting 
conducted by J. M Henry of New Windsor, Md. We are rejo.c.ng 
because of the twenty-one who made the good cl 
meetings. We had a business meeting Dec 
presiding. Sunday-schoo 
Bro. E. V. Crumpackei 
Bridge, Md„ Jan. 6. 

Woodberry.-Nov. 6 we held our love feast which was well attended 
by our o^ members; we were also glad for quite a number who 
came from adjoining congregations. Following the feast our pastor, 
Bro. S. P- Early, conducted a week's series of meetings in wliicn 
considerable interest was manifested. Four adults were baptized. 
The young people of the District met at our church on Nov. 26 and 
27 for their semiannual rally. This was indeed an interesting meet ng 
see the young people of our cliurcins 
things that pertain to the Kingdom. J. 
C. and Prof. M. R. Wolfe of New 
■llent addresses at the Sunday : 



taking and i 



absence of a 
this \ 



ficcrs for the coming y 
superintendent. — Edna 



o. E. C. Bixler 
Wolfe, Union 



it was 



take an active interest in th 
A. Garber of Washington, 
Windsor, Md., both gave cxcelli 



Chri 



iing 



■ church equip- 



,ih Stii 



vith 



Hi 

intendent. Thii 
former elder wa 
church business 
finished paying 
paid for some 
begin the new 



Sheldon.-On Thanksgiving Day we were fi 
Bro. E. E. Eshelman. He also officiated at the communion service 
the evening preceding. Our Thanksgiving offering amounted to $39.64. 
and was used for home missions. Bro. J. E. Rolston was present at 
the Anti-Saloon League Convention in Washington, D. C, in Decem- 
ber and his report on returning was listened to with great interest. 
On Christmas eve a short program was given by the children of the 
Sunday-school. This was preceded by a children's party with games 
and a social time. The missionary committee now consists of five 
members and plans have been made for the coming year as follows: 
Three mission study classes during the Sunday evening hour. The 
adults will study The Adventure of the Church; the B. Y. P. D. text 
will be New Paths for Old Purposes, and the juniors, Our Japanese 
Friends-Grace B. Kimmel. Sheldon, Iowa, Jan. 10. 



chun 






first 
i sent from the Mission Board. 

this year on a budget system. In the past year wc 
our church debt. Our remodeling expenses have been 
ime. Wc are very happy and thankful that wc can 
year free ol debt, Since Bro. S. J. Burger left us 
ithout a pastor —Ethel Snively, Auburn. Ind., Jan. 12. 
Bethel (Milford).— Dec. 31 the members of the church held a pot- 
ick supper, the occasion being the reception for Brother and Sister 



Calvary church is 
of church work is active, an 
ever before. Sometime ags tl 
decided to put Central Avenui 
the Board visited the two ch 
to believe it was not best to 
their individual pastors as fi 
best. The Calvary church, i 



KANSAS 

along harmoniously, 
and is doing more 



session. Our Sunday- school gave a progrart 
with many of the smaller children taking part. Thi 
a full house and was appreciated by all. J. M. Hei 
Board was with us Jan. 8 and 9, giving each 
illustrated lectures, picturing the horrors o 
work that must necessarily be done to t 
another rather than to fight and destroy- 
more, Md., Jan. 10. 

MICHIGAN 

Flint.— The members here held a meeting 
o! Durand in charge, for the purpose of org; 
school. It was decided that a committee of five, 
go ahead with the work of the church tha 
the best interest of the church. Sunday-school officew 
with Bro. Calvin Lcckronc, superintendent. Wc are holding : 
in a large room at the Y. M. C. A. just now. but hope 1 
larger place soon.— Anna Taylor, Flint, Mich., Jan. 12. 

Zion church met in council Jan. 14 with Bro. W. H. Good in charge. 
Five letters of membership were granted to members moving away. 
Election of officers resulted as follows: Elder, W. H. Good; clerk. 
C. E. Switzer; trustee, M. L. Moats. Members were chosen on the 
ministerial board and missionary committee. The church decided to 
hold a revival during the summer or fall. We also look forward to 
a Homecoming. Anyone thinking of changing location should visit 
us and see the opportunities here. We are few in number as some 
have moved away and a few have died. 



of the Welfare 
ing one of his 
and the educational 
lations to love one 
5. F. Rairigh, Balti- 



with Eld. Prowant 

i Brethren Sunday- 
, with proper authority, 
judgment is for 
elected 



find . 



id every department 
re and better work than 
d of Northeastern Kansas 
ider one pastorate. Later 
ir investigation led them 
wo churches arc to have 
hurches believing this is 
loess meeting, got under 



Chas " 



still ha 

E. Switzer, Pi 



enough 
;scott, Mich., 



the Lord's work.— Mr: 



17. 



MINNESOTA 

vestigating committee has turned 
till , 



we feel sure it will not be long t 
ground for a new church of our own, which is so greatly 
Church attendance slowed up during the cold weather, but we 
the year with a good showing. We recently received one ne« 







THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 28, 1928 



61 






her by former baptism. 
a while but was well \ 
a six-minute speaker fi 





m V 


■pt u 


all busy 


for 








hi= morni 


r; 




lk>d 


to u 


on what 


he 






had 


in installai 


on 


nil 


his 


wife- 


-Katherine 





adult departm 
readings and 
have much for 
pulpits with the 
enjoy this fellov 
given Sunday e 
part of the ser 
self. Th- 



Berthold ( 

assisted by Bro. 
it was decided i 






>ur Christmas i 
th it. We had 
n the Y. M. C. 
... B and hopes to do in the future, 
service for Bro. Edw. Olsen, a deacon, 
Vclin, Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 15. 

r> . p;„ n r r-l.urch met in council Dec. 30 for the purpose of electing 
£, b" . K«" E™»k „as elected elder lb, thenar and Bro. 
STrir.li.hn clerk Nov. 20 Bro. J. C. Forney ol Winona. Minn., 
E 23 to •'« and in the afternoon Bro. J. E. Burkholdcr wa, or- 
§,„ S - K Ato prolan, was given I J' ^ /= P«^» 
Thanksgiving evening and some very good music was rendered, jonn 
W Ogg, Preston, Minn.. Jan. 12. 

MISSOURI 

SS sm m ^f TSf 5S 

we ask the prayers ol the Brotherhood in her behall.-Gco. E. Hallett, 
Shoal Creek, Mo., Jan. 9. 

NEBRASKA 
B,U,el.-One .a, received int6 the chtirch h, baptism Oct. 301* 

nfita preached the sernro. An f er.n . --a . UKen ££ 

^mg'oSg^ch"— ed^ .In, 0... ,„ the evening -lie 
ent gave a Thanksgiving program which consisted ol 
mn.ic. We have been bountifully blessed and indeed 
r which to be thankful. Dec. 4 our pastor exchanged 
Irethrcn pastor, Rev. C. Ii. Koont, ol Carlelon. We 
hip and cooperation. Our Christmas program was 
'nine Dec. 25, and was very impressive. 1 nc last 
ce emphasized the gifts of subr — 
v....g amounted to about S85. Threi 
d gave the best gift— the gift of self. 
css meeting last fall it was decided to have a 
Sunday evening during the first part of the ye. 
was held Jan. 8. The institute is being cond 
and we hope to receive much spiritual bene fit. -R 

NORTH DAKOTA 

ihurch met in council with Eld. D. 1 

'mrch having so few members. 
d Sunday-school officers. Two 

trustee, were ff-^ZZZZZH SS£ 2Z VSt 

bU eU™ g .ne b . r'eTSm'Mino, and Surrey churches with the help 
Mission Board offered to hold «'»!«•„'«.?. !?."„ 'but »e 



ved Christmas in an appropriate man- 
splendid program on Friday evening 
Dec. 35 the chorus gave .the special 
milled, The Littlest Son-a very im- 
,n weeks' revival meeting the latter 
the evan- 



Springfield (city) church obsei 
ner. The children rendered a 
previous to Christmas and op 
service of music and rending < 
prcssivc service. We had a t' _ 

part of October. Bro. W. C. Detrick of Pleasant Hdl 
(relist and Sister Detriclc conducted the music. Their 
very much appreciated and the church was benefited by the meeting 
and the personal visitation. Four were baptised, two. received on 
former baptism and one was reinstated at the time of the meeting, 
five were baptized a few weeks later. Nov. 13 our pastor, Bro, 

' -T, exchanged pulpits with Bro. Glen Werner of the Donne I » 

' idid message on Evangelism. The 



(.ffortS 



ich department. 

Sunday- school, o 
- growing.— Ma i-r u. 



Three 



charge. 
Moyen 



Bible 



church , 

live beei 

atteiidai 



boys came 

istitute each 

first session 

our pastor 

•rt, Shickley, 



Dierdorff presiding. 
,chool olfic 



:h who gave us a splet 
work is progressing nicely in c; 
have recently been added to th< 
class. The attendance is gradual! 
field, Ohio. Jan. 11. 

OKLAHOMA 
fc met in council Jan. 8 with our pastor, Bro. Oxley. in 
e elected liini elder for the coming year. Sister Florence 
clerk- the writer, correspondent and " Messenger " agent. 
1 to organize an Aid Society; also a B. Y. P. D. 
Oxley as leader. We have begun cottage prayer meetings 
our election of Sunday-school officers on New \ears Da 
Ella Root is superintendent. We have a nice churchhouse and an 
evergreen Sunday-school with good interest. We arc few in numbet 
but we work in union of spirit. Any of the brethren passing through 
or looking for a location would be welcomed heartily.— Mrs. Myrtle 
Rairigh, Ames, Okla.. Jan. 10. 

Big Creek church met in council Dec. 15 with Eld. W. R. Argabnght 
presiding Officers for the various departments of the church, Sunday 
school and Christian Workers were chosen and arc 
work. Tlit Sunday-school superintendent is Bro. Llv 
Christian Workers' president. Andrew Holdcrrcad; Juni. 
intendent the writer; Erma Argabright. "Messenger 
respondent, the writer. Our Christmas program was 
M 7t which time an offering of $14.60 was taken for me genera. 
On account of sickness our attendance has decreased 



i's Bible 

, Spring- 



with Br 

We had 
y; Sistei 



busy at 
i. O. Kinzie, 
• Band super- 
' agent; cor- 
rendered Dec 



(or home mission work. Our pastor was presented with a handsome 
Bible irom the Sisters' Aid Society as a new year's gift.— Mrs. J- 
Lloyd Nedrow, West Kittanning, Pa., Jan. 3. 

Hollidaysburg is one of the medium sized churches of the District. 
The number of members is variable; the pastors roster say. J- ot 
over- the communion table tabulate* 100; the prayer meeting some- 
thing less. The church is among the youngest of the group, but is 
active and striving for higher goals. All the departments are or- 
ganized for the year 1928 with competent heads. The work is now 
fairly under way with (air prospects for a successful campaign. lhe 
Sunday-school has an enrollment of 210; the invest is good. The 
church has been without a pastor since September. 1937. The work 
is carried on by home talent and is moving onward. Alter some 
adjustments are made the securing of a pastor will again be con- 
sidered. A lot for a parsonage site has been purchased and paid for, 
and a solicitor appointed to secure funds for the erection oi the house, i 
The slump in business in the country will necessarily cause delay. 
The church was cared for hy foreign ciders for a number of years. 
That is now discontinued and J. J. Shaffer, a resident elder, is in 
charge. An evangelistic meeting by Bro. Garst of Virginia started 

Jan. 15. The outlook is cncouraging-Jas. A, Sell, Holhdaysburg, 

Pa., Jan. 17. 



this place i 






of the : 

Sunday- 
need mc 

Keimar 

presiding. 
and even 



sho< 



mdancc 



of thei 



Alliance.— Jan 
A Board of Ch 
to our church. 



e workers; the lot laiis < 

— Altha Mahugh, Berthold. N. Dak., Jan. 17. 
-e church met in council Jan. 1 with Eld. Daniel Deardorff 
Bro Deardorff gave us two good sermons Sunday morning 
,g. -Jennie Harris, Kenmare, N. Dak., Jan. 10. 
OHIO 
7 the church met for the quarterly business session, 
stian Education was elected as an added organization 
This was needed to plan a more effective program for 
We feel that this organization should be a help 
her committees and seek out ways 
id more effective working 
held April 7. We expect 
th the love feast 



our years worn. we 

in planning the prograi 

and means for making a more spii 

program. The communion service 

to have services all during Easter 

night. Last winter we were very fortunate in having 



Saturday 
S. Shoemaker v 
enjoyed very much 



k of Bible lectures 
We are contemplating having him 
for a similar series of lectures; the date has not *- — 
of our pastor. Oliver Roycr. has bad considerabb 
but we are glad to report that they 
able to be at services— E 



hich 

h us again 

The family 

sickness this winter 

ideally well again and 

Garman. Alliance, Ohio, Jan. 11. 



^ n ha" K d the"'^rfcw wceks.-Beutah F. Kinzie Pote, Cashing, 
Okla.. Jan. 16. 

PENNSYLVANIA 
Carlisle.-Dec. 26 our Sunday-school rendered their Christmas pro- 
gram which was very interesting; the little folks rendered the 
greater part, after which they were given their usual Christmas treat. 
We lifted an offering of about $13 which will he given to Bethany 
Bible School. We expect to have the Elizabethtown Volunteer Band 
with us Feb. 5.— J. E. Faulkner, Carlisle, Pa., Jan. 16. 

Clayshurg church held a Christmas service on Saturday evening. 
Dec. 24, and on Sunday .evening began a two weeks evangelistic 
meeting conducted by the pastor, Charles L. Cox. Tlie serv.ces were 
well attended, and the music in charge of Eld. J. B. Miller of Curry- 
~ e men's chorus from the Roaring Spring 
e very helpful messages in song on two 
;. A large delegation from the Clover Creek 
„.. .he last Saturday evening and their presence 
and prayers were an inspiration. On Sunday morning we had the 
largest attendance in the record of our Sunday-school. As a direct 
result of the meeting there were eleven confessions and one reclaimed. 
Eight have been baptized, others to be baptized later. On Sunday 
evening Ian 8 we held our first communion. Eld. D B. Maddocks of 
Altoona officiating, assisted by J. B. Miller, F. E, Brubaker, Archcy 
Hoskings and the pastor with one hundred ten commun.cants.-Mrs, 
C. L. Cox, Clayshurg, Pa., Jan. 10. 

Codonis congregation met in council at the Codorus house Jan, 2. 
Elders Daniel Bowser and Michael Markey were With us and an 
election for presiding elder was held. J. L. Myers was elected for one 
vear The series of meetings conducted in the fall at Codorus house 
by Eld, John C. Zug were well attended and Bro. Zug gave good 
sound sermons. Five were baptized and one restored as a direct 
result of his labors. Members were reappointed on the missionary. 
nd purity, and Child Rescue comr— ' 



Jennerville.— The w 
day-school seems lul 
tendent. With the 
Harvest Home mcctii 
enjoyed. A number c 
ing Bro. Rufus Buch 
Wickham was speaker from this 
lifted, to be divided between orph; 
missions of Eastern Pennsylvania.- 

Lititz church met in council Ja 
presiding. Reports of last year' 
Three letters of membership we're 
year were elected as follows: Elder 
Sunday-school superintendent, Bro 
president. Bro. Henry B. Gibbel 
Hershey.-Flon 

Lower Cloar 



going on : 



The Su; 



th B 

f Mechi 

place Sept. 11 which wa: 
peakers were presen 
of Mech: ' 



John Wickham. superin- 

Gn.ve we held a joint 

much 

for the 

John 



B.12 



l-btii.l. 



An offering oi ! 
work at Neffsville and home 
Poff. Kelton, Pa.. Jan. 10. 



ville was inspiring. 
church brought us 

evenings of the last ' 






church 



Codorus choi 



Beaver Creek.— Eld. J. H. Ei.lem.lle. 
meeting Jan. 7. The treasurers 



sported 
f which 
omen contributed 
markets at Xenia. 



resided at the regular 
various departments 
:eipts for the past year totaling $4,000; ov 
nt toward the church building flliuL The ^ 
3.73 to the latter hy means of their bi-weekly 

las cantata, The Nativity in Tab- 
,„ presented Dec. 25 to a large and appreciative audience 
The offerine for missions amounted to $42.43. Our two weeks revival 
" " rSr and Sister S. Z. Smith of Sidney, Ohio, closed 
, additions to the church, eight hy baptism. Special 
; by a quartet from New Carlisle, the Causer quartet, 
Glen Weimer and wife and others featured the different services. Also 
by the high school quartet and chorus on high school evening, j 
Friend Couscr had charge of the singing. Brother and Sister Smith 
addressed an open meeting of the community club at the schoolhoUse. 

«_ « ■».:„.:__ Day Nov. 20, when all pastors of Southern Ohio 

Bro T Noffsinger brought us a splendid message 



A beautiful ; 
ux, was i 
e offering 

charge of 1 
Dec. 18 i " " 



The 

ie at- 
tingly 



exchanged pulpits, 



filled Br 



Wr 



place at East 

largely 



while our pastor, Bro. F_ idem ilk- 
Dayton church. The communion *„ 

there being 118 present. Bro. Van Wright officiated. H. M. Coppock 
preached Saturday afternoon. Other ministers present and assisting 
at the different services were Bro. Glen Weimer and Bro. Gump of 
New Carlisle. Bro. Hawke of New Carlisle talked on the Sunday- 
school lesson and Bro. L. A. Bookwalter preached afterward. Mrs, 
Friend Couser gave an interesting talk to the children. Interest 
and attendance have been growing in the Sunday evening meetings ot 
the Junior League (Mrs. J. F. Couser, leader), and of the young 
people's society (J. F. Couser. leader), also at the Stewardship Class 
lor adults. It is planned to have special talks for the children one 
Sunday morning each month by Mrs. Couser— Mrs, Henry M. Stewart, 
Xenia, Ohio. Jan, 14, 

Brookville.-The yearly report of the mothers' society of our church 
is as follows: Eleven meetings were held and three showers were 
given. Two markets were held, the proceeds being $59.37. In August 
the society enjoyed a picnic in which all the daughters shared. We 
also held a missionary meeting with Sister Ruth Mallott as speaker. 
Miss Ogle, a juvenile court worker, gave us a splendid address con- 
cerning her work among boys and girls. Talks also were given by 
mn .i,»,c n f ™i T own organization. During the year quite a bit of 
vas done. At Thanksgiving and Christmas the . dona- 
of fruit, flowers and books. The society purchased 
a set of books, Home Counsel Library, which is being read by the 
mothers. Our total yearly offering was $142,99. We received through 
offering boxes. $32.99. Our average attendance was thirty -six. Officers 
for the coming year were elected with Sister Opal Hay, president. 
In meeting the problems of the home we feel our organization has 
given some very practical help.-Mrs. Nora Kreitzer, Brookvillc, Ohio, 
Jan. 3. ^ 

Dcshler church met in council Jan. 7 with Bro. Jay F. Horiush 
presiding. Bro. S. 0. Wilcox is our Sunday- school superintendent for 
the year. Bro. Geo. Buchanan and Sister Florence Disbong are our 
delegates to District Meeting with Ella Buchanan and Esther Dishong. 
alternates. Bro. Max Hartsough preaches for us every two weeks. 
We have had our churchhouse repapcred and painted both inside and 
out the past year. We are working and praying lor a resident pastor 
tn locate with us,— Mrs. Esther Dishong. Dcshler, Ohio. Jan. 10. 
Lima.-The church met in council Dec. IS with Eld. Wm. Overholser 
Church and Sunday-school officers were elected tor the nt 



miber of musical 
programs during the year. The U. B. denomination also gw us 
many calls to which we responded. Bro. Jos. M. Baughcr and Paul 
F Newcomer visited us at Codorus house and gave us sermons. The 
Children's Day services at Codorus were largely attended and all 
present were well repaid in hearing the address hy our own Bro. 
S. C. Godfrey.-E. H. Lehman. Dallastown. Pa., Ja... 14. 

Donegal.-Dec. 10 our regular council was held with Bro. Weaver 
as moderator. The church officers for the following year were elected, 
Dec 17 a called council was held for the purpose of electing a pastor. 
Our former pastor, Bro, Bcahm. whose term expired in July. 1928. 
was reelected for a term of three years by a unanimous vote of the 
church. Bro. Bcahm has been with us for a number of year- -■ 
under his fine leadership our chureh has prospered and growl. 
Sunday-school elected Bro. John Geary as superintendent. T 
tendance has been very good this winter. . Christmas was ti 
obs*erved with a program on Dec. 25 hy the Sunday- lehool. ■ 
Wilbur Beah... who was home from Elizabethtown College tilled the 
pulpit Sunday morning. Dec. 18. Jan. 8 we had the privilege of hear- 
hlg a number of the young folks of Juniata College who were repre- 
senting the Mission Band, also Bro. Kncppcr of Juniata who delivered 
a fine sermon, directed toward our young people, on Planning Lite » 
Work.— Mrs. W. H, Kern, Donegal, Pa., Jan. 8. 

Dry Valley church met in council Dec. 20 with Eld. 
presiding. Church officers were elected for the year 
Howe, elder. Dec. 25 two splendid programs were i 
in the morning hy the Sunday-school. In the evening a page. 
Hope of the World, was given by the Y. P. 
from Sister Ida Shumaker was read to ou 
the great need for money to carry on the 
A number of our adult and young pcopl 
offering amounting to $65 which was sc 
Earl Goss. Maitland. Pa„ Jan. 10. 

Fairvic-w (Georges Creek) church met in council Dec. 3 with Eld. J 
E Whitacre presiding. Officers were elected for the ensuing year 
Sunday-school superintendent, Bro. Walter Frctts; prcs.d. 



, ii with Eld. J. W. G. Hcrshey 
work were read and approved- 
granted. Officers for the coming 
in charge, Bro. J. W. G. Hcrshey; 
G. G. Minnich; Christian Workers' 
ild Society president. Sister Lizzie 
Gibbel, Lititz, Pa., Jan. 12. 
church met in council Dec. 31, We elected officers for 
„, with D. I. Pepplc. elder. Bro, Pepple preached a very 
fine sermon on the following Sunday. Our church is expecting to 
hold a scries of meetings in the spring before our love feast.-Mrs. 
Fred Walter. Queen, Pa., Jan. 16, 

3ro S. G, Meyer gave a temperance talk Sunday cve- 
Our love feast on Nov, 13 and 13 was well attended, 
ot ministering brethren from other congregations were 
?re en whose messages were an inspiration. Eld Chas Ca S 
iated. In the afternoon of Nov. 20 serv.ces were held at he county 
24 services were conducted by Bro. Simon Buchcr. Mis 
c in accord with the object of the day— Thanksgiving, 
egular council was held, with Eld. Michael Kurt: pre- 
ig- our former resident elder. Bro. John Herr of Elizabeth, 
was also present. An invitation to hold serv.ces here by the Mission 
Band of Elizabethtown is being extended to them. Sunday-school 

officers and teachers received their api itments; Brethren Frank 

Layser and H. H. Hacker are superintendent and assistant, re= P LCtive- 
lv The writer was reappointed " Messenger" agent and correspondent. 
Our series of meetings conducted hy Bro. Ulysses Gingrich Dec 4 to 
20 was well attended. The messages were inspiring nd 
Seven young people decided for Christ. On New Year 3 Day these 
will enter the church through baptism. In the afternoon of Dec. 11 
a number of our members held song services at the Brethren Home, 
Neffsvillc In the evening of Dec. 25 the Sunday -school gave a 
program.-AJice B. Royer, Mycrstown. Pa.. Dec. 29. 

New Enterprise church met in council yesterday, and the annual 
reports lor Ust year were presented. The report of the auditing 
committee showed that the church enters the present >r.,r *v,.h.,ut 
any debts. The Aid Society also presented a good report. Tie Sun- 
day-school decided to continue raising $500 per year for the ^support of 
-"ers John Rowland and H. S. Guycr were with us. 
was chosen elder for the coming year. A full quota 



Myerstown.-- 
ning, Oct. 30. 



remarks wer 
Dec. 3 our : 



a missionary. 
David T. Dctw 

of officers and committees for the present year was a. so t.e.. 
letters granted.— Rosetta Cottrell, iNe' 



Enk 



. 12. 



— Anothi 



prisc.Pa., J; 
Norristowr 

Norristown church. 

very good condition. 

The preaching service 

gram was staged by 

carols sung by the 

children. At the clos 

A purse expressing the apprcciat 



r year has passed quite successfully for the 

Che close of the year found the finances in a 

The Sunday-school is on Hie upward grade. 

s are quite well attended. The Christmas pro- 

various members of our school consisting ot 

audience and recitations and playlets by the 

f the program an offering of $159 was lifted. 

of the parishioners was presented 



«ll 1 



ig be remcmhei 
and the receiving 
:arols in the early- 



activities ha' 
year with a 
Jat 



:ek of prayer.- 



ith Brt 



touching letter 
school, telling o! 
nission field 
i classes lifted a special 
Sister Shumaker.— Mrs. 



Par kerf ord.- At our love (east 

reliccnsed to preach for the ensu 
at the Roycrsford church he has 
Parkerford church has received 
In December our church had 

of the deputati 



n Oct. 8 Bro. Wilfred Stauffer was 

g year. In the absence of a pastor 

ten preaching there regularly. The 

wo new members by baptism recently. 

lu .he pleasure of hearing the message 

of Juniata College. We had a blessed Ch 



„. The services Christ 
|,y the public confession by baptism ol two lad.es 
of a brother by letter. The C. I. C. girls sang . 
hours of Christmas morning at many homes which were bcaut.Uil 
and nu h appreca.ed. Watch nig... services were conducted by he 
Y P D. New Year's eve. The various departments of our church 
been reorganized and we were launched into the New 
■" M. Ulrich. Norristown. Pa., 



inday-i 



Endeavor 
the church for a 
Endeavor packed 
choir rendered a 



given Sunday morning. Dec. 

members of the Christian 

bled at 



ity-fiv. 






year: Elder. 
Eight have bet 



of Si: 
Virgi 
by o 

orgai 



J. J. Angh 

idded 
departmt: 



meyer; superintendent, Bro. C. L. Milter, 
the church by letter. Dec. 25 the beginner 
had charge of the Christmas program 



i the 



ler Bittinger. Jan. 8 the B. V. P. D. ga 
s, which was very interesting; this was 
r pastor. Desmond Bittinger. The Ladie 
ized for the year with Mrs. O. E. Kettim 
is progressing very nicely— Dorotha I 



ng under the direction 
■t a pageant. The Ten 
followed by a sermon 
i' Aid "Society has re- 
an as president. Their 
iettimon, Lima. Ohio. 



if Chris- 
; church clerk, Sister Anna 
thTwriterT'* Messenger " agent and correspondent. We also 
met in general council Jan, 2. Bro. Whitacre who has served us 
faithfully B as elder fbr the past five years was reelected; ch ijrc h ckrk 
is Bro. Alfred Johnson. Our Sunday-school gave a fine Christmas 
program. The King's Birtlnlay.-Grace Merryman. Masontown, la.. 

iday evening, Dec. 22, the Sunday-school 
as held. Recitations and songs by the 
tly" enjoyed hy all. Awards for attendance were 
Ie On Christmas morning, Sunday-school was held at 10 o clock 
and the church service at 11. The Christmas message was given by 
the pastor. Special music consisted oi violin solos by Lill.e Fischer. 
and carols and selections by the choir. At 4 o'clock the candle 
vesper a very beautiful service, consisting of musical numbers by 
he chorus, a violinist, a harpist, and three soloists. With Christmas 
greetings by the pastor, was enjoyed by a full house. In appreciation 
of all that the church has done for them, the Young People s Soc.ety 
presented as a Chr.stmas gift to the church, electric candle lights 
for the side walls, which add much to the interior appearance of 
Florence M, Lawn, Gtrmantown, Pa., Jan. 10. 

■hurch met in council Dec. 31 for the purpose ol 
h" and Sunday-school officers for the ensuing year. The 
were chosen: Clerk. Roy Morrison; correspondent, Laura 
Bowser- "Messenger" agent. Ida Bowser; Sunday-school superm- 
en dut! A F Shearer. Ve observed Rally Day Oc,30 with an 
appropriate program. Our pastor conducted a revival (jet. S 'to M. 
eloainn with a love feast. The attendance and interest were good and 
lie chu ch wa strengthened. On Dec 11 T. T. Myers of Juma.a 
College conducted a Bible Institute for us. The attendance and in- 
teresf were very good at all three sessions, and Bro, dyers' messages 
were n^ch appreciated. An offering of $22 was lifted for the benefi 
of the college. On Christmas evening our church put on a paj 
entitled. Messengers from Belhlehc 



Covei 



Gcrmantown- 

Christmas ann 
children were grea 



the chui 

Glado Run.— 
electing chui 



Our children's program 
rly on Christmas mori 
nt caroling through the village _.. 

ibers of the Sunday-school and Lhristian 
baskets for the sick and shut-ins. The 
ie evening. Our Christmas offering for 
,„■ amounted to approximately $300. We held a 
social on Dee. 30 for our young folks who i were 
The Ladies' Aid sent boxes of clothing to the G. 
At .he ..uarterly business meeting of the church Bro 
., cc ,ed elder. At ^ ^^^^JTT^^ ^Jt^tl 



: County, School. 



hool reorganiz 

"'"SSiit^rj^^,.. o, *. ^jjm 

I particularly fitting s.nce on April M, 1928, it wUl be 

since the Sunday-school was organized. On or about 

lre planning to have a homecoming service. It was 

tion of Pottstown, Harmonyville. Coventry and 

o have a special study of Mark to parallel the 



outlines might be 
study, about fifty- 



An offering of $16 was lifted 



is entering ins 

school. This n 
just fifty years 
that date we 

« a commit." "> ■"■» "* ■" °"?™ '»•««*■ D ~' 

Harmonyville has been working hard that the., 

a snece.s. There haj been great u.tere.t in the 

five people being enrolled at Parkerlord.-Mrs. „. ........ 

Parkerford. Pa.. Jan. 16. 

Perm Rio.-Oct. 1 five Irom the Juniata Mission Band gave a mes- 
sage ta s"g and short talk, to an appreciative audience. Our love 
Ie... ..a, Lid Oct. 31. The Sunday-school rendered a suitable 
Thanksgiving program Nov. 20 a. which time an »*<£*»« pv£ 
lor missions. Thanksgiving evening, T. T. Myers of Juniata t.o lege 
addressed a union meeting, followed by a three days Bible Institute 
at our church, giving us excellent messages 
lifted an offering for Bethany Bible School. C 
following Sunday-school the children rendered ! 
which an offering 

reading contest which started Jan. 1 
spending- the long winter evenings.-M 
Jan. 10. „ , 

Philadelphia tF.r,.).-Our pastor's New Vear message i »« lull rf 
suggestions on how to be happy this coming year. He e. . •> »«--e 
few elements of happiness: Let bygones be bygones: bridle yonr 
" ™ , 6 „| things first and do not consider yourselves loo 
important to shoulder blame; see the best in people, also have a sense 
vContinucd ou Page fHJ 



world- 1 



church recently 
u Christmas morning 
short program aiter 



us a profitable way oi 
J. M. Dick. Clymer. Pa., 



62 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 28, 1928 



THE CHURCH AT WAYNESBORO 

(Continued From Page 59) 

work which they sell and use the proceeds in the same way 
as the Aid Society uses theirs. „ n , ea 

The Missionary Association continues to meet on«a 
month when a program a.ong some line of missiona y wo^ 
is rendered. It has supported a m.ss.ona y on the field 
since 1903 In addition to this a challenge fund was estab- 

SSsr^rs— -^==?= 

S^^^t^^^te= 

tion of $1,000 for the work in Africa. ' 

Recently the church was the recipient o an individual 
communion service. It was given by a sister in commemora- 
tion of her two sons. , , 

Our work has received much inspiration through the 
Men's Chorus, the cantatas and pageants and other special 
music rendered during the years. 

A, the time of the organization we had a membership .of 
423. Since then 153 have been received by baptism and 
seventy-eight by letter. Five have been reclaimed or e- 
celved on former baptism. We have lost by death for y- 
three; by granting letters, thirty-two; by going to other 
churches, ten. Thus our present membership is 574 

As we look back over the five years we feel grateful to 
our heavenly Father for the progress which has been made 
and for the faithful and persistent labors of our pastor 
and wife We pray for his guidance and blessing upon the 
future work. Sudie M. Wingert. 

Waynesboro, Pa. . —•— 

ELD. JOSEPH A. LONG 
Eld. Joseph A. Long was the son of a minister With 
three brothers and three brothers-in-law ministers he hav- 
ing been the faithful elder of the York Church o the Breth- 
ren for almost thirty years, 
is in brief the ministerial rec- 
ord of one coming from a 
family of whom it has often 
been said: "They were born 
preachers." Eld. Joseph A. 
Long, the son of Eld. David 
Long and Mary Reichard 
Long, was born in Washing- 
ton County, Maryland, near 
Hagerstown, on May 8, 1853. 
His boyhood days were spent 
on a farm. In March, 1873, at 
the age of nineteen, he was 
baptized. Jan. 27, 1880, he 
married Miss Mary J. Bucher 
of near Abbottstdwn, Pa., the daughter of Rev. Daniel 
Bucher To this union were born three sons and three 
daughters. One daughter died at the age of one year and 
nineteen days; the others survive. 

Joseph A. Long was elected to the ministry on June 19, 
1888 at the Mummert meetinghouse, near East Berlin, Pa., 
and 'ordained in the York church April 29, 1899. From 
that time until October, 1926. he had charge of the York 
church, during which time due largely to his wise counsel 
and direction and to his faithful and untiring efforts, the 
York church grew from a membership of about fifty to 
more than six hundred. The original church building was 
replaced by a larger one in 1900, and in 1923 a large Sunday- 
school building was added, so that we now have a seating 
capacity of 1,400. 

Bro. Long gave his life for the church; he was always 
much concerned about it. In the years ot his most active 
ministry, he was one of our leading evangelists. As a 
preacher he was classed as one of the most able in the 
Brotherhood, and as an elder he was always considered a 
wise counselor. Because of his ability as a minister and 
elder he spent a very active life, having been called often 
into other congregations and Districts. He served the 
York church and the District many times at Conference. 
While he kept in close touch with the work of the church 
throughout the Brotherhood, his chief interest was in the 
advancement of his home church and the District of South- 
ern Pennsylvania. He served as a member of the District 
Mission Board for twenty-seven consecutive years, twenty- 
one years as President of the Board, during which time a 
number of missions were started and several churches built 
by the Board. 

In 1912 he served as Chairman of the Committee of Ar- 
rangements for the York Conference, also in 1921 for the 
Conference in Hershey. 

Bro. Long was not a strong man physically. He was 
compelled to give up active church work on account of his 
health, but he continued faithfully in attendance. He, be- 
came ill while attending revival services in the First church 
on Monday evening, Nov. 7, and had to be carried to his 
bed. Later in the night he was anointed. The hearts of 
old and young were made sad on Nov. 18, when the news of 
his death spread through the city and vicinity. 

Funeral services held in the church, Monday, Nov. 21, by 
the writer and Eld. L. Elmer Leas, were attended by at 
least one thousand persons, including twenty-eight ministers. 




RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT 

Where... .he beating of the dark wing. JJ^N DjtttoJ 
fiff "„ b /T 1 .e h ^,:^ri r n,™cSi*' , 1 n; m o I „r hC S , e d ' n b B e,oved brother and 
elder. Joseph A. Long; j Q , thirty ym , 

Where.,. Bro. Long, who ... w.t "Xol, and save to .he cause o 
from the ortfin.aat.onol W« "„,«' a „d sincere life ol loyal 

learned' to know him: therefore be it - _ o( ^ 

Rcso.vcd. that wo. .fe Sun A ,-a.l ,0.1 o .b. q 

Brethren, express our los. ' o i , » „ „j„urning here, he 

h", ever" &%SR Z2U <»' 2 mansion over th.re. 

Re o.vcd. thaf we record this event with a P^.Tover. *Z 
loss in the spirit ot reverent .ubm.ss.on to the d.v.ne 
ot out Heavenly Father. counselor, par- 

Our lamented brother was an efficient anu faithfully was ever 

ticioating .n our deliberations and act.v.t.e. most la.ti.iu.iy, » > 
.caiou, fn promoting the welfare of . he young m™ and J™""^,,,, 

of his character in the business circles of the c.ty 
highly esteemed. teachers and pupil, ol the Sunday 

.ctot «.;n h d a, .r.'hl h .re°.'ved" I .m'ify Ch o"r h.arSel. sympathy in » 
sad hour, and be it further . , wi( j ow 

Resolved. ,h„ copie. of *." regions b^ se ted o he wid... 
and family ol the deceased; that these "ohmon, be I 

"SZiSrSSV Lehman Harry D. Hoover.^oseph M. B.ugher 
and Joseph J. Bowser. ^ 

York, Pa. _ —+~ 

REPORT OF LADIES' AID SOCIETY OF FLORIDA 
AND GEORGIA 
The Ladies' Aid Siciety of the Florida and Georgia Dis- 
trict held their regular yearly meeting for 1927 at the Or- 
lando church, simultaneous with the meeting of the elders 
preceding the District Conference. Our P""***- Slst " 
1 H Morris, presided. Sister Blough of Lakeland led the 
devotional service. Our organization decided to cooperate 
in the work in our home field by a specia offering this 
year to the District Mission Board. We also decided to 
meet our quota for the foreign work. Sister J. H. Morris 
was retained as president for another year, the writer also 
being retained as secretary and treasurer. 

We have eight societies in this new field. Our report 
shows 103 members and 233 meetings held; $671.94 taken in, 
$229 given to home work and $69.54 to foreign work. 

The topics for discussion were timely and the talks 
given were helpful and inspiring. If the interest at this 
meeting was an index of the interest in our local societies, 
we are sure much good will be accomplished in the next 
year . Mrs. A. D. Bowman, 

w i Tri„ Secretary. 

Macclenny, Fla. 



MATRIMONIAL 



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Sng"? " subscription (or Ih. newly-married I couple. Request .hou 
be made when the notice is sent, and full address given. 



Cain-Gibba.-At the re.idence of the undersigned Jan. 5 1928, Bro. 
Raleigh O. Cain and Miss Edna C. Gibbs.-Vao B. Wright, Dayton, 
Ohio. 

Fik.-Jarboe.-By the undersigned at the Peace Valley church on 
Oct 23 1927, Bro. Clarence B. Fike and Sister Clara L. J.rboe, both 
of Peace Valley. Mo.-A. W. Adkins, Eldorado Springs. Mo. 

Goodwin-CIba..-By the undersigned at his home on Jan. 1, 19ZJ, 
Mr Raymond E. Goodwin and Miss Eva Loii.se Cl.nc, both ot 
Indianapolis.— Geo. L. Studebaker. Indianapolis, Ind. 

Miniuch-M.rtin.-By the pastor at th. parsonage of the First 
Church of the Brethren, Bro. Abram W. M.ooieh of Lint,, Pa., and 
Sister Edna M. Martin ol Lancaster, Pa.-W. D. Fisher, Lancaster, Pa. 
Norris-C.rlson.-At the home of the bride's parents Dec. 18, ,1927. 
Clarence Norris and Ella C.rlson.-Cb.s. W. Ronk, Tw.o Falls, Idaho. 
P.rtch-Mearns.-By the undersigned .1 the home of the bride's 
parents Aug. 24, 1927, Bro. H. Homer Partch and Miss Mildred A. 
Meatus! Sunnyside. Wash.-A. H. Partch, Outlook. Wash. 

Poscy-DiUer.-By the undersigned at the home of the bride's parents, 
Jan. 8, 1928, Steela Posey and Eunice Diller, both of Nash, Okla.— 
G. E. Wales. Pond Creek. Okla. 

Sandbrook-Lentz.— By the undersigned at his residence, Dec. 18, 
19^7 Mr Ralph Sandbrook of Blauchatd. Mich., and Sister Clara 
Lent*, of Shepherd. Mich.-Hatvey St.uficr, Ml. Ple.sant, Mich. 

SpiUer-F.iler.-By the undersigned. Dec. 25, 1927, at the parsonage 
ol the Rockingham church, Bro. Ben Robert Spitzer of Bloom. Kan... 
and Sister Carrie Mae Feilcr of Norborne. Mo.— O. H. Feilcr, Norborne, 
Mo. 

Sylvestcr-Conley.— By the undersigned at the home ol the groom's 
sister Indianapolis. Dec. 31, 1927, Mr. Glen H. Sylvester and Mrs. 
Edith Conley. both of Noblesville. Ind.-Gco. L. Studebaker, Indian- 
apolis, Ind. 

WiUis-Honeycutt.-By the undersigned at his home Jan. 7 1928 
Deacon Major Willis and Margie Honcycutt, both of West Grove 
Chester County.— U. C. Fasnacht, Quarryville, Pa. 



FALLEN ASLEEP 



Arnold Mrs. Elizabeth, died Dec. 31, 1927. agid 63 years. For a 
number of years the family lived in Allen, Pa. Because of declining 
health she and her husband moved to Lemoyne to be with a son, at 
whose home she died. She was a member of the church for many 
years She is survived by her husband. Jacob Arnold, three sons ane 
three' daughters. Services at Bakers church by Jacob Miller and O. J 
Hassinger. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.— Pearl M. Trimmer 
. Pa. 



CarlisL, - 

Bain. William, died Jan. 8, 1928, aged 62 years. 7 months and 3 days. 
He married Hattie Willoughby on Oct. 21, 1SS8. Six children were 
born to them, the two oldest dying in infancy. He was a member 
of the Church of the Brethren for over thirty-five years. Funeral 
services by E. B. Bagwell and the writer at the Manchester church.— 
R. H. Milter, North Manchester, Ind. 



Bo.kw.lUr. Ruby C.tbleen. daughter of Mr. ood Mr.. Wg^Book- 

waiter, born Aug. 3, 1925. neat W'***^,"' { bc „„„„, one 
was sick with pneumonia only '»««»"" "° lhe church ol the 
BjSre^ b,°"c. b F^Mck^'-BurS" iu"' HigM-hd cemetery.-Ethel 

Manning. Covington, Ob.o. ^^ 

B.wmtua, H.rriett. °~ B '"' h ^™ °' , „.r d.ught.r. Aid. Sell, 
in Meycrsdale. Pa. d.ed a the horn = mmthj and , „.„.. 

Wichita, Kans.. Dee. 21, »», M" » » £ , M2 ,, ,„ Altamont. 
The family moved to Kansas '"'"', ''.daughter died in 1906. In 
Kan... in 1903; here th. husband and one p /"""'" ° h sbc m „ ti ed 
1,15 tney came to Wichita where she redded wM J"'^ ,„„ „ 
„„„«, W. Bowman Sept. »■ '^V.rf with the Church ol the Bred, 
daughters and three sons She uni.eu a christian life 

ren soon after moving to K.n as audj^ ^ „,,„, „ 

E ' ortuV month "through .11 her snaring * neve, com. ™cd 

?£!^t«!>ff , S».*aS^ :a a, Altamont.- 

11 F Crist, Wichita, Kana. . . 

It. I. cnsi, » j m0 nth and 

Craun, Clora Frankie, died D f' 2 f.'. "?'„"",.-„„,< „d Sisler Sada 
6 d.„. She was *y- a ft„mr„U °h«. h S Elder. J. S. Flory 
SK E^Long. "nSent'iSTd.oining cemtery.-M.t.ie V. Con, 

B Cr a Br; V CI,ris,oph.r youngest son o, Leonard ^d ^Ljabcth 

ag ed 74 years. 10 month. (Jjd ^/^fve, with five sons, nin.t.en 
Barbara Wagoner Dec. 21, 1879. she surv ^.^ ^ 

grandchildren, on. brother and one UW^ christi „ „, 
Church ol the Brethren in 191X1 ■»"»' ■ o S ,i,ted by Eld. 

Funeral serviee. in the Pyrmont chore h by the wr.ur a^ Siinebiu|h| 
D L. Barnhart. Burial in the Pyrmont ccme.c y. 

Rossville, Ind Spri „gfield, Ohio, Jan. 

Donovan, Bro. Wm. 1., oilu a. married to 

7. 1928. aged 80 year. 3 mon h. and » ""»■ w „ c „.,„ one 

Rebecca Jane M.r.nda Feb 7 1867 ^ iaasht 

S ."on a C n V d"o„r,S,'er 'daulbte,' He uni,|f with the Church of £ 
Brethren about thirty-five years >»£»?£« ^i* by Bro. 
Cy,'u, S "FundJhu, e g ra !.s:i,7.d C by Bro J. J. John- Borial in My.rs 
cemetery .-Ruth Drcsher, Springfield, Ohio, (M e r k.y) 

F-h, Bro. Israel M son of the 1... Henr, and L» di. M * 
Frantz. died Dec. 15. 1927, aged 10 years 9-W ™ O tdeI , h0 „ t po fe. 
death was due to WffJ^toil.S who survives with on. 
Oct. 23. 1909, h. roarced |,s " "^ PMK ndc „, „, lht 

daughter, five brothers » n<ls,x '"'«"„,, '„„ „as reelected this year. 
Fry.town Sunday-school [or three years .no chorister 

Hc'was also tab m«d in mus, ha, g served g.^*. ^^ 

lor over fifteen £»»'»" «' school h u,e by Elder, E. M. W.ng.r 

::;„ "Tilt '■i,™»' . .» ** «»=•«» ^^ ita churc - 1 '- 

El.z.beth Meyer, Myerstown. P.. 

Friek, Sister S.rah Ann. daughter of Andrew and Ab .g. Brum 
haugh. born in Portage County ■ Oh» d.ed Jam 2 .928^.0 ^ ^ 
9 months and 9 days. Dec. 11. ■«"■>"' ™ ; weie „„„ , h „. sons 
preceded her one year ago. Tc th. _- «e „,, ahc 

Wilkins Mogadore, Ohio. , 

" ' „ , .1 d ,„, rw 27 1927, aged 81 years, 5 months and 

Gump., Mrs. Lyd.a d.ed Dec. V. ""•** / Nan Studebaker. 

9 days. She was the third child rf Samue and N y ^ ^ 
Most of her life was l.ved .n Betbe and ■- bon| 

,.„. 4 ,». f^™," h , ef h Slnd G ,r.ed.d T her' h 'sinc". then she had 
ten ch.ldrem In 1911 Mr »»"" ^ F H „ declining year, were 

permitted she , was actively ^J" 8 ™ £j ^ r | rand children and fiv e 

She leaves six sons, two daughters, "gnie . » c. rvices at the 

great-grandchildren three bto.h.ts :,£ too „ ""^."S^'MeK-. 

rrtn^^HiX'rc.'me.^^th.l M.nnm^ ; Covi„g,o ; .Oh,. 

H^oy. M.r.h. Jane hon J. Henry Coonty. ^*-£^S 

always greatly interested 10 toe wore bten K _ 

years, 2 months .no .u "ay daughters; one son and 

,869. To them were born five sons and two d ^g^ ^ ^ ^ 

on. daughter dying >n infancy, one >° mer obers and botldcrs of 

H. and his wif. •<»» "'™, He Laves thr.c sons, one 

Fune 1. se™ a, tb. Beaver church by the writer. Int.rm.nt m 
fhe ei «y o.ar by.-C 8. Bo.e. D.11.1 Center, low.. 

Hupp. Naomi, ne. B.yer, born in Richland, P. - ■> ' h°m. 
near Newton. Kan... Dec. 28. 1927, aged 55 '<>"■" ™™ *",»„, 
days, alter an illness ol two -'H 1 ^*!,"- "ember ol 
'I K r a r?'"h'°r,h°. 2 B"."re„To which, he beltged th". rest .. her hie. 
&%&£££& 5« Hopp , A,,boo.o .he J.d no ch.ldren 

hc,^,™ r^; y^S'b/f eff E'r MS =5 S"^ 

son. Sh. is survived by her h«.b.nd her f °»«' ^h \ c Met ^dist 
son, lour sisters and nine brothers, runcr.,, . interment in 

church by Eld. Chas. A. Miller ..... ed by he writer Interment 
the Greenwood cemelery.-D. W. Kc.ler, Newton, K.ns. 

Hylton. Frances (B.rnh.rt), ol ^,.n. Hill congregation, W,.l». 
Va., V bo,n in Franklin Count, • V. My. . » . 1M . d.ed Dee n 

ye.r,. He, husband. Marion Hylton, preceded her • years ago. 

burying groUnd.-E. E. Hylton, Willis, V». . 

Kilch Sister Mar, Sophia, daughter ol James and Barbara Lew... 
wf, bo;„ in LanisJer Township. Feb. 25. .853 b.ing the second ch.ld 

rh.rVherla5h.er: ■Jt^S^X ^U.*T^ 

ye"T g T.,hif union w.« boTn^on". son and two daughter,, the .on 

3"n r g in infancy. She is X^'^'X^J^'^lZ^r 
children, one great-grandchild and on. brother at »•> « ' 

- S'mlhe Lan^l "chn"h S" her^siyr.-S.' writer! 






Breth 

Service, were held in the Lancasier iuih ., ™ j. — --■ ■— 

Burial in th. cem.t.ry n.ar by.-R. O. Shank. Huntington, Ind. 

Klein. Sister Anna, daughter of Mar, and Jacob George, died ^ April 
28 927 aged 92 year, and 10 month,. Sh. marri.d G.o. J. KMo Feb. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 28, 1928 



63 






„ nve children. Two children and thre. 
lember of the Church of the Brcthr- 
/year's When health would permit she v— 
nd took interest in the church. She v 
is to go to her long home. Services n 
Burial in the Iowa River cemetery 
. Klein, Conrad, Iowa. 



the home of 



S ]86S. To this union were 

9 isters survive 

for more than 

and cared (or the sick 

urcat sufferer and anno 

home by F. M Wheel. 

Ma'rsballtown.— Martha 1 

Ld °™?' „?'°: KjiiTl monlh and H day. 
Myers. Jacobus, la, aged »-yi. W(h[lll mcmb „ u „„l 

oldest member ol the. Codoru. cm .gr » . d . >od „,. 

' kll lbSe r n !0 Se/vts'Ta%b? g Cod":ur"ou" b, E&. D. V. Brillhar. 

;»;t„SC. Godfrey. Interment in the Codorus eemet.rj.-E. H. 

l T^"wl7u*l' Elizabeth, daughter of Ephrairn and Re ; 
, M ^r„er died Dee. 14. 1927, aged S4 year,. 5 month, and la 
5", O" S, S, she married Oliver MeConnel who preceded „ 
Jf-roh 18 190 . To them were born three son* and two fW™™- 
rionf knd one daughter P^ e *« J , ^™ h , , nd h« ""..«" 
her aged mother l=«r gandcMdre £ ™ she joined the Church of 
S B Sh^a»d had cStinu 5 .: la W*M ■»-'«■ "»""»' ■" C R 
McKce.-Ethel Manning. Covington, Oh, 
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th interment in the Frystown cemetery. -Ira m 

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McKcc.— Ethel Mai 



.. by Bro. A. B. Dillcr 
I. H. Miller. R' tor cemetery.— Mrs, F... 

Diller Posey, Nash. Okl 
Royer, Sister Maria S 
1927, at the Brethren N 
23 days. She was one ol 
and the last of her family 
was a faithful member, 
the Neffsvillc Home. 
Eld. Michael Kurtz, W 
J Lents, Richland, Pa. 

and three brothers. Funeral by C. 
ington, Ohio. 

Shriner, Sister Emma Grace (Clippinger), 
died Jan. 7. 1928. aged 61 year.. Death .,„ ... ------ g c 

protracted illness. Scrv.ce. at the Church o. cemetery 

Swihar, and O D War,'k£ £ •• ■" ^ ^J ^ (MidJ , , 

signers _of ^e Declaration ot^ inaep^ ^ ^ ^^ ^^ th fin3 , 
husband, two daughters 
Z*l faithful member of the church 
Berkey, Elkhart, Ind. 

d Dec. 21. 1927, aged 
On 'July 26, 1919, she married Roy 
born three children. She united 
soon after her marriage and. lived 
r devoted to her family and her 
(or the good of others. Services 



„„ course 
chapters on " Story Telling, 
"Teaching Beginners to Pray, <--. 

HANDWORK IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION *.* 

Addie Grace W.rdle. ( ^ „ rlrw . Lnles and meth odi of 






doles 



of Wn 



Shriner, 



f Independen 
ington Township andTived all of her life in 
■ Elkhart. She is survived by he, 
and five grandchildren. She had been 
of her choice for yeai 

Vinchattle, Maud Kolb, born at Jolley ; Iowa, 
29 years, 9 months and 13 days. 
Vinchattle. To this union were 
with the Church of the Brethren 
faithful to the end. She was ev 
home, always willing to ""ifiee 
at the Slifer church by Eld. Lee Fishe 
cemctery.-Ora Gnagey Fisher, Rinard, 1 

r " r'thifu ;rt^ho , r„ L 6 "°S"n1 C o„e^a!S;er I 

o White was an exceptionally kind and open- 
' p„„d,„ ? when ..here was need Jor^hc 

by his pastor. 
Interment in 



l Wardle. 
study 
handwork in religioU! 

FOR THE PRIMARY 

ALL ABOUT THE PRIMARY *>■" 

Elizabeth W. Sudlow. 

A compendium of practical suggestions. 

PRACTICAL PRIMARY PLANS »■" 

Biff-a^— edi,io„ -ssejss+irji 

ffF'r rim. r, d«par?ment to the Sunday School. Various 
meSo'd'TinteSinrthe children are outlined. 

THE SAND TABLE " 

Ullie A. Foria. , , , nc 9an d. 

j^s&ts^^A'&h fe-ssrs 

grades in illustrating the Bible IcsaOQ uy 

? "for the juniors 

AFTER THE PRIMARY. WHAT? «* 

A. H. McKinney Ph. D. gfl valuabk 

vised and e n ! ar 8' :,1 „ e °?l , ° n i „ th , New y or k State 



al Coui 






llvillc. 
:ccded 
In 1902 



they moved to Laton, 
in Glendora, Calif. B 
hearted man, always — 

was loyal and faithful unto death He leaves -.- 
and two sons. Services at the Church of the Brethren 
Eld. G. H. Bashor, assisted by Eld £.2. CM**. 
Oakdale cemctery.-Anna M. Gnagy, Glendora, Calt 
V „„ rvr,K died at his late home near Warwick. Ohio. Dec. 30. 

SHSE2 bue^aS X w^^rinec 

for her interests. He filled the office of deacon fa 

he was a good counsellor in church matters 

brother remain. Services at West Nimishiller - 

in North Canton cemetery.— T. S. Mohcri 



required reach 

ThTjunI'oI.S. HOW TO TEACH AND TRAIN 
THEM 

Maude J. Baldwin. m -thods 
OBJECT £S» FOR JUNTOrWoWC ...» 

Ella N. Wood. 

FOR THE INTERMEDIATES 

THE BOY AND THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL, »■» 

John L. Alexander. „ 

A volume by an authority on the teen age. 

GUIDING BOYS OVER FOOL HILL »"" 

g;. H Mc^S;-s ! ",.Te h .', D and D be?.- booh on bo, p-oblr-. 

GOD'S BOOK AND GOD'S BOY 

A. F. Schauffler, D. D. 

THE GIRL IN HER TEENS 

Margaret Slattery. 
A little classic on 



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he anointing for 
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The Church of the Brethren 

Formerly Colled Dunker» 

1. TbJi body ol Christiana originated in the eigh 
tury, the church being a natural outgrowth of the Piew».iv ."" — 
ment following the Uetormation. 

2. "Firmly accepts and teaches the fundamental evangelical doc^ 
trines of the inspiration of the Bible, the personality of the Hoy 
Spirit, the virgin birth, the deity of Christ, the s.n-pardoning value 
of his atonement, his resurrection from the tomb, ascension 
personal ar,d visible return, and rcsurrectn 
unjust (John 5: 28, 29; 1 Thess. 4: 13-18). 

3. Observes the following New Testament rites: Baptism 
tent believers by trine immersion for the remission ol su 
ZB: 19; Acts 2; 38); feet-washing (John 13: 1-20; 1 Tim. S: 
least (Luke 22: 20; John 13: 4; 1 Cor. 11: 17-34; Jude 12);^ 
(Matt. 26: 26-30); the Christian salutation (Rom. 
proper appearance in worship (1 Cor. II: 2- 
nealing in the name of the Lord (James S 

laying on of hands (Acts 8: 17; 19: 6; 1 Tim. 4: H). itiese rues mc 
representative of spiritual facts which obtain in the lives ol true 
believers and as such are essential factors in the development 
of the Christian life. 

4. Emphasizes daily devotion for the individual and family wor- 
ihip (or the home <Eph. 6: 18-20; Philpp. 4: 8, 9); stewardship of 
lime, talents and money (Matt. 25: 14-311); taking care of the father- 
less, widows, poor, sick and aged (Acts 6: 1-7). 

5. Opposes on Scriptural ([rounds: War and the taking of human 
life (Matt. 5: 21-26. 43, 44; Roin. 12: 19-21; Isa. 53: 7-12); violence m 
personal and industrial controversy (Matt. 7: 12; Rom. 13: 8- 10) i in- 
temperance in all thing, (Titus 2: 2; Gal/ 5: 19-26; Eph. 5: IB); going 
to law, especially against our Christian brethren (1 Cor. 6: J-»)S ' 
divorce and remarriage except for the one Scriptural reason (Matt. 
19: 9); every form of oath (Matt. 5: 33-37; James 5: 12); membership 
in secret, oath-hound societies (2 Cor. 6: 14-18); games of chance and 
sinful amusements (1 Thess. 5: 22; 1 Peter 2: II; Rom. 12: 17): 
extravagant and immodest dress (1 Tim. 2: 8-10: 1 Peter 3; 1-6). 

6. Labors earnestly in harmony with the Great Commission for 
the evangelization of the world, for the conversion of men to Jesus 
Christ, and for the realization of the life of Jesus Christ in every 
i.eliever (Matt. 28: 18-20: Mark 16: IS. 16; 2 Cor. 3: 18). 



FIRESIDE STORIES FOR TEEN AGE GIRLS. 

¥l a ' , S a fof V ;to"»"X.chi 0g ha. long been recognized 

an important factor. It has been a problem with many 

SaXl-^r-r o-a, ht hS'irit^e.pec.any 

for teachers of teen age girls. 

JUST OVER THE HILL »■" 

?e" 8 n",n,mSe'a„d Inspiring chapter, written especially 
for young people. 

FOR THE ADULTS 

THE ADULT CLASS. ITS ORGANIZATION AND 

WORK 

A m C >nu P ,T.?o,=.t,od. for the organic, and conducting 

a'duLT^r'rOGrIm ^ THE CHURCH SCHOOL. ^ 

iritendents. teachers, '™"S v.].., offers to hia readers 
school organi«U»». i"^»J ob serv.tion and experience 
hook so that it may be used eii 



THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL AND THE HOME »■*> 

Frank L. Brown. ,,.._,„ the home 

A practical d.scussion ot the relation between 
and the Sunday-school. 

FOR THE MISSIONARY 
DEPARTMENT 

MISSIONARY METHODS FOR SUNDAY-SCHOOL 

WORKERS ~" 

A"oo"-o, T ™»'pita.i=n and suggestion, th.. .ill d. =»ch 
toward making the bunday-scbool missionary in »pi.n. 
WHY AND HOW OF MISSIONS IN THE SUNDAY- 
SCHOOL 

PrS«t. ^co^truc.ive program lor spreading » knowl- 

edge of missions in the Sunday-school. 

MISSIONARY PROGRAM MATERIAL, »-» 

Anita B. Ferris. Fi™, nla rv orades. 

Especially prepared lor use .n Elementary graoe 

STORIES FROM FAR AWAY. ...-- 

Cora B. Pierce 



e 



Hazel Northrup. 



gagingly told. 

CHRISTIAN _HER01SM IN HEATHEN LANDS ».« 

of ten biog" 



Royer. 
e and fascinating ._- 

ive missionaries like Carey of Iodl %.""""d 

ludson ol Burma. Morrison ol Chit.a and 

lon ° l - V_t .i» Th. l.nnV concludes 



with two chapters OQ 

THe'cREAT FIRST-WORK OF THE CHURCH, 

MISSIONS, 

Wilbur Stover. 

ice of years i 



ot 



well expre 



led by 



1 of Christiana 



FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT 

CHURCH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION, 



E. Morris Fci 



in the Superintend- 
in conferences. Into 
lUggejtious that are 
,tly tries to improve 

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every chapter he has put working 

of great value to the one 

his school. A valuable re 

HOW TO CONDUCT A SUNDAY-SCHOOL, 

Marlon Lowroncc. h knew n0 

tO^dttcT. ''Slyt hool.V ion La.rance Gene, 
Secretary International Sunday-school Association. 

HOW TO RUN A LITTLE SUNDAY-SCHOOL, »•' 

Mon-ia Fergusson, D.^ D^^^ Sunday-school and giv 



This 






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A MODEL SUPERINTENDENT, ... 

H. Cloy Trumbull, D. D. 

A sketch ol the lile, character ■ 
ol Henry P. B.|«, , •< 'be Int.n 

■■"SPECIAL DAYS" IN THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL, 

« ^"sUCCESSEUl" SUPERINTENDENT M 

Amos R. W»lls. ,.„-_- w id e range oi Sunday- 

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SECRETS'OF SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHING, >« 

Edward Leigh Pell. „ 

SEVEN LAWS OF TEACHING, *•" 

John M. Gregory. „ 

STORIES AND STORY TELLING, *■" 

Edward P. St. John. 
SUNDAY-SCHOOL MANUAU 

Theo. M. Hammond, Editor. 
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H Cloy Trumbull, D. u. 
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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 28, 1928 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 

Official Organ of the Church of the Brethren 
Published weekly by Brethren Publishing House, R. E. Arnold, Gen- 
era I M S«cM* lo 24 S. State St., Elgin, III., at §2-00 per annum. in 
Advance. (Canada subscriptions fifty cents extra.) 



Bro. Holsopplc, 
gregation, who 
Crumpackcr ha 

of laymen who 
program. — Mrs. 
Dalcvill. 



and Bro. E. 

i been loyal 

are filling t 
P. E. Faw, 

; 19 



C. Cmmpaclco 
us as elder : 
and faithful t 
him. Then t. 
nost efficiently 
Roanoke, Va., Jai 



from the Cloverdal 

ince the beginning. 

us during the pa: 

scmic place in the 



Bro. 

church 



14. 






EDWARD FRANTZ, 
H- A. BRANDT, 



. . . Editor 
Assistant Editor 



Entered at the Post office 
Acceptance for mailing at s 
section 1103, Act of Octobc 



t Elgin, III., as Second-das 
ccial rate of postage proviri 
3, 1917, authorized August 



Matter, 
i for in 
20. 191S. 



Notes From Our Correspondents 

i Page 



(Continued Fro 

i to your possibilii 



nd do i 



: dodge difficult^ 



-Mrs. Wm. H. 



; been baptized. Our 
ere elected with Bro. 
Schnell, Philadelphia, 



of humor; .... 

Above all he stressed the life of Chn 

and be /happy. Since ou 

Sunday-school officers foi 

Jesse Reber, superintende 

ol Icsui we enjoyed a ■«« of Chn,tn..s orals by about thirtj 
Jo™* student, of .be school tor (he blind. The fae. th.1 they eould 
not see. ye, praised God in such a marvelous manner was very 
effec.ive. After tbis service Sister Royer presented each one of these 
singers with a treat. They were conveyed t 

tw our own brethren in autos. Our Christm — 

the Bible School was very much enjoyed by all. and a liberal offering 
was lifted (or social ,"»- —*■ The noor of the church and corn- 



Bible 

The Sui 



Thanks- 
irch for 

of readings, songs 
our pastor. At 
icluded the cbil- 



i gifts. 



, they 
icveral sub- 
ivened. The 



i and from the church 
; autos. Our Christmas program Dec. 21 by 
■y much enjoyed by all, , 
,ice work. The poor of the church 



givi 



vill be 



: of food. etc. Jan. 22 a pageant 
their missionary budget. Most of tlic or- 
been effected and reports of the various 
workers have not been shirkers. The best and 
oort was by our faithful church 



Bro. 



given by the Y. P. D. for 
ganizations for 1928 
treasurers show 
most appreciated 

Calvin Bowman His report shows receipts ami disbursements oi 
over 58,000, including pledges paid on the parsonage. At a Keen 
council eight letters of membership were read and ««P te *°««" 
for the year are almost the same as last year, except the Bible School 
iuperintenden, We regret very much that other -w- in Cm-.suan 
" it necessary for our former superml, 

erire from the post so faithfully held for 



indent, Bro. 



Horner, 



:nty-fivc years. 



all the 



yeat 



Hon 



miles each Sabbath morning and was 

Eckert was elected superintendent with B 

The Sisters' Aid Society has disbursed fr 

" i $200. '"" 



organized Bible class ' 
year, also doing social ; 



Dana Z. 

Waller Thomas, assistant. 

i during the year amount- 

These busy, faithful women, including their 



than $500 during the 



>rk for the 



evening 
study of John's 
;mbcrs of other 



_ have earned 
ervice work. But the financial resuu oi ineir 
their song. A fine, cooperative, helpful spirit 
is manifest in every meeting. They arc devoted 
purpose of building up Christianity as it is needed m city l.fe. 
work is presided over by Sister G. B. Royer. The Wednesday 
Bible study, taught by the pastor, is devoted to tin 
Gospel. Much interest is shown even by some n 
churches.— M. Elizabeth Barnett, Pittsburgh. Pa., Jan. 14. 

Scalp LeveL-On the evening of Dec. 22, 1927, we rendered a Christ- 
mas program to a large and apppreciativc audience. On the evening 
following the same program was given at the Old Folks 1 Home or 
the benefit of the guests there. The offering of $62 was equally 
divided between District and loreign missions. On Jan. 5, 1926, we 
held our council meeting at which time we held election of officers 
for the coming year. We also elected delegates to both District and 
Annual Conferences. The delegates to District Conference which will 
be held at TJoiontown. arc J. A. Buffenmyer. Mrs. J. A. Buffenmyer 
A S Hoffman, and S. B. Hoffman. The church decided because of 
the distance to Annual Conference this year, to send only one dele- 
gate. J. A. Buffenmyer was elected. At thi 
taken looking forward to enlarging our present 
are very much handicapped for room in our 
and it is imperative that we do something soo 
best work possible in our own community.— Mrs. J. A. Buffenmyer, 
Windber, Pa., Jan. 10. 

SipesvUlo church has experienced a revival of interest in the work 
of the Kingdom during the few months the new pastor, Bro. N. D. 
Cosner. and wife have been here. Bro. Cosner is editor of the 
" Assistant Pastor." which he sends to his members and which is help- 
Ed and appreciated very much. Sister Cosner has organized a Y. P. D. 
in which the young people are manifesting a great interest. They 
will have charge oi the opening service Sunday morning. The church 
met in council Jan. 3 with Eld. C. G. Hesse presiding. Bro. N. D. 
Cosner was elected elder for the coming year. Several letters were 
granted and a new member taken into the church. Reports of the 
various organizations were given, the one of note being that of Mrs. 
W. R. Critchfield. president of the Ladies' Aid, showing a large 
increase in the funds.— Mrs. J. E. Critchfield, Somerset, Pa., Jan. 16. 

Ming Jan. S. The 
, D. B. Mad.locks. 



Society supper 
held a'nd "proved to be a profitable and enjoyable occasion. 
giving Day a large number of our people gathered 
worship. The children rendered a good program o 
and exercises, followed by an inspiring sermon by 
the close an offering for missions was given which ' 
dren's earnings for the Black Brothers fund. Dec. 14 the fathers 
and sons met at be church for an evening of enjoyment and spiritual 
nnlift Mr Hincman V. M. C. A. Secretary o! Roanoke gave the 
^incipal addre'oor pastor together with the other etareb -J 
school leaders has built up a strong religious program lor tin. Winwr. 
On Sunday mornings Bro. Sherfy is giving a series of sermons On the 
hich are very helpful and much enjoyed by large »«* cnc "' 
iday nigh, services are planned ^ n,"- partic-i ar ly m«t the 
[ the young people. A number of sermon, ana -'« tUr " °* 
Handing speakers on Our Heritage arc scheduled for the next few 
weeks T.vo of these have already been Riven by Bro. Rufus Bowman 
of Roanoke and the pastor. Dec. 21 the pageant, The Way, was given 
by a group of young people to an appreciative audience. The White 
Gift service was" directed by Bro. Sherfy. A «■ bs.ant.a ^"J"™ 
The members desiring to show their love and appreciation 
rvices and also to encourage our pastor and family 
year, presented them with 
terly council c< 

• Lggressive worK tor 
; of business passed 
recional meeting of 
upon at this mccung W'/JI™/^""" aT Daleville in Scptem- 
our people will take advan- 
.. „-hool plant here and become 
•hool leaders. Our Bible Institute will begin 
FXTr-Mrs."'D.~V. Shaver, Daleville, Va., Jan. 12. 

Gre« Mount church met in annual council Dec. 30 with Eld. J. W. 
Wampler presiding. The various comm.ttees made their « 
Bro. John M. Roller was with us in then 
organization. It was decided to organ** 

Wamnler as leader. Sister Virginia Miller has been elected ; 
of the Y P. D. The report of the treasurer showed the finances 
i„ a satisfactory condition. A revival will be held sometime in the 
soring.— Mrs. D. C. Myers, Harrisonburg, Va., Jan. 13. 

t in council Dec. 31 with Bro. H. E. Wakcman 
ig committee reported the Sunday-school rooms 
, lights are being installed with an expenditure 
treasurer's report shows a steady increase in 
■ ry hopeful outlook. The Sunday- school report 
16. The Aid Society turned in a splendid report; 
three associate, with a total of $134.56 during 
highly commended by the pastor for their 
splendid work. It was decided that our pastor. Cecil O. F«— 
will hold our revival meeting, beginning the second week n 
\ committee of three was appointed to arrange the bencbe 
could be used for communion services. The Luray ch 
granted the privilege of holding a church conned to effec 
zation. A committee was ; " 
Beahm's Chapel. A report 



lifted. 

past services and 
begin the work 
stantial ChristmaL „.. 

various committees arc active and have plan.. 
the coming year. One of the most important i 
it this meeting was a decision inviting 
idgewatcr-Dalcvillc territory to c 

er. It is hoped that a large number 

igc of this opport 



Mt. Zion church 
presiding. The bui 
nearly completed, ; 
of about $850. Tr 
weekly offerings—a 
also showed an increase 
twelve active members, 
the year. They_ 



-est of the Ji 



lior League 
David W. 
d as leader 



August. 



church building. We 
Sunday-school work. 
>uld do the 



effect 
appointed to look after the work at 
from each church in the congregation 
.. efficient work and of pastoral care. We 
are glad to report however, that this work has been launched in a 
small way, in the securing of a part time pastor. A committee was 
appointed to look after the buying and establishing of Gochcnour < 
Chapel as a Brethren church. The following officers were reelected. 
D N. Spitler. elder: H. F. Sours, clerk; Mrs. H. E. Wakeman 
Sunday-school superintendent; the writer is corresponding secretary 
—Elsie Broylcs, Luray. Va., Jan. 2. 

Snow Creek.— Sept. 6 Eld. J. W. Rogers of Scbring. Fl 
for "us. This being his childhood home Ke was received 
for miles around. The church decided to call _ Bro. Rogers 
conduct a revival in July. At a members meeting Oct. 14 J 



hed 



by trie 



.■elected 



eldci 



Offict 



15 



held « 



Tyrone church held its quarterly business 
pastor presided in the absence of the elder, 
Because of the omission of the financial comn 
ballot of the previous business meeting, thi 
elected at that time; the same was elected at 
A financial budget was made up for the year 
committee and a copy of same was placed 
r of the church. The Sunday-school has 



the 
committee was not 
the January meeting. 
f 1928 by the financial 
n the hands o( each 
been growing ami our 
goal is that we have an average attendance of 125 for the first quarter 
of 1928. Everybody is interested and if the attendance keeps its pace 
as it has lor the previous Sundays we will reach our goal and maybe 
pass it. Bro. G. V. Fagley, our Sunday-school superintendent, who 
was operated on for appendicitis, Jan, .7, is on the way to -recovery. 
We were sorry for his misfortune but wc have been praying for his 
rapid recovery and wc believe our prayers have been answered, for 
his condition is very favorable. During the absence of the pastor, 
John R. Snyder, who is holding a revival meeting in the Maitland 
church, the pulpit is being supplied. T. T. Myers, of Huntingdon, 
was with us on Sunday, Jan. 15, both morning and evening. The 
Bible Institute which he held was very interesting, suggestive and 
helpful. Wc were glad to have him with us for these services. On 
Wednesday evening, the Christian Challenge Class will have charge 
of the prayer service. This is a class of active girls who are inter- 
ested in their church and Sunday-school. We are looking forward 
for a good program of prayer and Bible study. The morning o( 
Sunday. Jan. 22, the pulpit will be filled by Bro. Wilbur O. Snyder, 
In the evening the young people have charge of the services and they 
have secured Bro. John D. Ellis of Juniata College to deliver the main 
address. AH of these services are being looked forward to with very 
much interest.— Carrie Snyder. Tyrone, Pa., Jan. 16. 

West Concstoga church met in regular council Dec. 26 with Eld. 
I. W. Taylor presiding. All our former Sunday-school officers were 
reelected. Bro. Jacob Bollinger, our corresponding secretary, handed 
in his resignation on account of failing health. A rising vote of 
thanks and appreciation was extended to Bro. Bollinger for his faithful 
labor in the past. The writer was appointed in his 'stead. Our series 
of meetings which opened at the Lexington house Dec. 4 continued for 
two weeks; Bro. W. G. Group of East Berlin, Pa., brought forth the 
Word with power. There were five added to the church, two of this 
number had strayed away and are now reclaimed, one of these has 
since gone to his reward. — S. M. Fahnestock, Lititz, Pa., Jan. 14. 



: Hyltoi 



. Naff 

littecs were 

■ com- 



elected to serve the church 

munion service. Elders R. L. Peters and J. A. Naff w=« *.««". 
We had- preaching Thanksgiving Day at the Boone's Chapel house. 
Nov 27 the B. Y. P. D. gave a Thanksgiving program at \\ alker s 
Well, and in the evening gave the same program at the home church. 
Walker's Well is a -.choolhouse in which wc have preaching once a 
month. Dec. 25 Bro. Flora preached a Christmas message at that 
place The B. Y. P. D. and the Junior League gave a pageant, The 
Path of Promise, on the evening of Dec. 23. Our pastor and family 
moved into the new parsonage Nov. 1. Wc expect to dedicate this 
house sometime in the spring.-Mrs. S. H. Flora, Sago, Va., Jan. 9. 

Summit church met in council Dec. 31. This was the time for 
settling the year's work. The treasurer's report was read and ac- 
cepted and various committees were elected for the coming year. 
Two members were elected on the Board of Religious Education. Bro. 
Frank Craun was reelected Forward Movement director. The B. Y. 
P. D. had charge of the Thanksgiving service Nov. 34 and rendered 
an interesting program. The young people from the Valley and 
Bridgewater churches recently gave programs at our church. Christ- 
mas eve our church gave a pageant, The Prophecy Fulfilled. An 
offering was lilted at the Thanksgiving and Christmas services 
amounting to $60.67 which was sent to the General Mission Board. 
Bro J.' S. Flory addressed the B. Y. P. D. Jan. 1. Eld. C. B. Smith 
of Bridgewater preached for us Jan. 8. Our Aid Society reorganized 
with Sister Matlie Wise, president— Mattie V. Craun, Bridgewater, 
Va., Jan. 9. 

Topeco church met in council Dec. 31 with Eld. L. M. Weddle 
siding. Officers were elected for the new year: Sister Maggif 
clerk; Bro. S. B. Alderman, Sunday-school superintendent; the writer, 
correspondent. One letter was granted. We have hegun working on 
the new benches for the church.— Almeda Alderman, Floyd, Va., Jan. 3. 
Troutville- congregation convened in council Dec. 17 with our pastor. 
Eld M. J. Cline. presiding. The following church officers were elected 
for the coming year: Bro. M. J. Cline, elder; Bro. E. C. Firestone, 
clerk; the writer, correspondent. A program was given on 'Christmas 
night at which time an offering was lifted for 
Showalter, Troutville, Va., Jan. 16. 

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No. 5 



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Editorial— 

On Realizing Righteousness (H. A. B.J 

Clean Hearts and Clear Head. 

A Plea ior the Plodder, 

With Two or Three or One 

Among the Churches •" 

Around the Word, ■■■■"■■ 

The Quiet Hour (R. H. M.) 

General Forum— & 

Travel Stain (Poem). By 1*°™'* "• ?«" « 

The New Loyal.,. B, Ruin: D_ |owma ffi 

Reaching Thinking People. By J. H. Moore, .... 

The Cross and Missions. -By Galen B. Roycr . 

Deficit. By M. S. Frant* ■ ■■■ ■-■ —j-.j" ' «> 

Regional Ministers' Conie.ences. By M. R. Zi.ler 

5of Lack of Funds. B, W. G. Nyce, # ■•• 6 , 

SfalSfFrern k?*^ » By Jno. S. Fiery. 
Pastor and People— ?0 

Show Them .he Father By ^^^^^^/.V/'.'.'-'V/.V.-S 
Plumbline Preaching. By I. B. Nis wanner 



Home and Family- 
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Welch, 

Temper Tantrums. 
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Ev Lula R. Tickle 

By Grace Hilcinan Miller 



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On Realizing Righteousness 

Testis and Organization 

Certain iconoclastic acts and utterances of Jesus 
stand out so conspicuously in the average mans 
thouoht that the Master's real attitude toward organiza- 
tion is anything hut clear. He did drive the money 
changers out of the temple, challenge certain cere- 
monial practices, denounce the Pharisees and definitely 
initiate important innovations. Yet the spirit in which 
all of this was done is significant. " Think not that I 
came to destroy the law or the prophets : I came not to 
destroy, but to fulfil." 

His attitude toward the sa.bbath.day may be taken as 
a sample case. How audacious he was on some occa- 
sions as he challenged current conceptions of the day. 
Yet we must not forget that the Master accepted the 
institution of the sabbath as useful for worship (Luke 
4- 17) and good works (Mark 3:4). He did not 
reject the day hut he did desire to improve its use. 
" The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the 
sabbath" (Mark 2:27). Christ came as the true, 
constructive Reformer. He was appreciative of the 
good contributed by the past. He sought to purge 
and vitalize that which men already had. 

Christ did not emphasize organization because the 
world to which he came was already groaning under 
such burdens grievous to be borne. And this, with 
certain caseations of contemporary institutions, has 
led some to feel that the Master had little use for 
organization. However, if one looks closely at the 
life of Christ he will find many evidences of organiza- 
tion, though naturally obscured by efficiency. For 
the Master did nothing in a haphazard way. His life 
moved forward according to purpose and plan. He 
came to do a specific task and this he accomplished. 
He was the perfect Master of his fate; and, as such, 
an Example for those who worship the efficiency which 
comes from faultless organization. 

It may be urged that Jesus did not organize his fol- 
lowers, that in a way he seemed supremely indifferent 
to what might happen to his cause after his ascension. 
And yet, it must not be forgotten that out of the 
crowds that followed him he picked and trained an 
inner circle of twelve men. His training was not in 
theory alone but in practice. He sent forth the seventy 
and the twelve. He prepared them carefully for the 
seeming disaster in his death and departure. He gave 
them a commission (Matt. 28:19, 20) and a plan 
(Acts 1:8). They were to wait for a certain zero 



hour and then go forth in power. Hence, while a 
casual review of Christ's attitude toward organization 
seems to reveal a critical or indifferent attitude, a closer 
survey of all the facts reveals the evidence of plan and 
organization at every turn in his life. It seems quite clear 
that Christ believed in organization in so far as it was 
vital but that he trimmed away the unnecessary so 
completely that a superficial observer is quite de- 
ceived by the absence of both rattle and frame work. 
The essential perfection of his method with his follow- 
ers lies in just the fact that the development of church 
organization was left in their hands rather than im- 
posed in detail from without as were the elaborate 
regulations given through Moses. 
The Purpose of Organization 

To the business man the purpose of organization is 
quite clear. And if pressed for a statement of its 
special meaning, one such would certainly be sure to 
touch upon at least three considerations. 

First organization makes it possible to undertake 
the large scale . enterprises. And this is one of the 
main factors underlying modern efficiency. Organiza- 
tion makes it possible to start a hank, finance and run 
a mill or build and operate a railroad. For at the start 
organization makes it possible to assemble the needed 
resources; then organization makes it possible to man 
the enterprise; and, finally, organization makes it pos- 
sible to sell special services or finished commodities. 

A^ain, at any given time organization makes it possi- 
ble to carry on an enterprise under the most favorable 
conditions. A single individual does not have a full 
complement of gifts nor unlimited financial resources. 
He can not be a capitalist, laborer, chemist, manager 
and salesman all in one. But through organization it 
is possible to assemble both the funds and the special- 
ists necessary to carry on a great project under the 
most favorable conditions for efficient production. 
■ Finally, time is an important factor. Many great 
enterprises have gone to smash just because something 
happened to a leader at a critical hour. But today 
organization has been evolved to the point that acci- 
dent or death for the leader need not involve serious 
consequences for the institution. Indeed, many great 
institutions are now so organized that time and change 
mean little' so far as they are concerned. The bank 
of England was organized in 1694, and is today a liv- 
ing growing concern because the special power of 
time and change in the life of individuals has been 
exchanged for the comparative immortality of the in- 
stitution. . . 

It is obvious that all which organization means m 
the world ofbusiness is but a parable of what it may 
be made to mean in the promotion of righteousness. 
Most of the religious work which is carried on today 
is possible because men and women have pooled their 
resources and gifts. And then, just because this has 
been done, it is possible to carry on the religious enter- 
prise under vastly more favorable conditions. He who 
neglects not to assemble with the saints receives a 
measure of insight, and gathers a meed of inspiration, 
which he could hardly receive through private worship 
That is there are special blessings which come through 
private devotions, but they are not quite the same as 
those received as one of a vast assembly of wor- 
shipers. And thus it might be shown that in many 
ways the institution makes it possible for the average 
individual to live his religious life under the most 
favorable conditions. That the institution has at times 
been used to impose too severe a regimen, and thus 
stifle the development of the individual, does not argue 
that the institution is without value. It simply means 
that organization can be. and sometimes has been car- 
ried too far. Again, organization does for religion 

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Clean Hearts and Clear Heads 

Here is a testimony about a great man that you may 
enjoy thinking over. There are possibilities of-profit 
as well as pleasure in the thinking. The testimony is 
this- "I think this clear-headedness in matters of 
intellect was after all only a reflection of the moral 
simplicity which was his highest and most beautiful 
gift." 

The suggested relation between clear-headedness and 
moral simplicity is what specially attracted us. The 
man could see things straight. The lines which sepa- 
rate one issue from another were sharp and distinct in 
his mind. He did not. as so many of us do, get things 
all mixed up. And the explanation of this fine mental 
achievement was the moral simplicity of the man. 

Note that phrase. Let it soak in a little. Observe 
that it isn't moral earnestness though the man must 
have had that also. The remarkable thing about his 
moral passion was not its intensity— he was no fanatic 
-but its simplicity. Evidently his conscience operated 
on a single track. He did not use one basis of moral 
judgment in his family and church affairs and another 
in his business. His private morality and his public 
morality were cut from the same bolt of doth. He 
knew nothing of the devious devices by which shady 
and unbrotherly transactions are given moral justifica- 
tion There was no duplicity about him. Duplicity is 
doubleness. Simplicity is singleness. His most out- 
standing characteristic, remember, was moral simplicity. 
Guess he was just plain honest and square all around. 
And that gave him a clear head " in matters of in- 
tellect " ! Well I 



A Plea for the Plodder 

Can't we see pretty soon, brethren, that there is no 
way around the necessity of a lot of good hard work m 
this business in which we are engaged? And that we 
are in danger of wasting our precious time in talk. 
Yes we know that conferences are useful, sometimes, 
but why such a multiplicity of them? Maybe it's time 
to adjourn and go to work. 

There are so many lovely schemes for getting there 
these days, in church as well as state. But the humble 
citizen who keeps right on driving down the pike is 
about as likely to arrive as anybody. Possibly we 
ought to assemble and pass a new set of resolutions 
but it is highly probably that we should do nothing 
of the kind. 

The patient plodder is out of fashion but the world 
needs him just the same. The cause of righteousness 
needs him tremendously everywhere. The church 
needs him. The progress of the Kingdom waits on 
him. It waits on faith and he is the man that has it. 

With Two or Three or One 

Once Jesus spoke of his presence with any two or 
three who would gather together in his narne But 
when three persons get together now, somebody has 
observed, they proceed to organize at once and make 
one of their number chairman, another secretary, and 
the third treasurer. That is a humorous exaggeration 
of the truth but it may serve to keep us from for- 
getting where Jesus put the emphasis. 

The rich fool was a fool because he was not " rich 
toward God." Young lawyers and other young men of 
those days could "enter into life" by entering in 
Their own personal initiative was the decisive factor. 
The way was open. God was ready to receive them, 
and give them life, and real riches. 

He is ready now. He will meet not only with any 
two or three but with any one. whose heart ,s in the 
right place. 






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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 4, 1928 






GENERAL FORUM 



Travel Stain 

BY LEONARD H. ROOT 
In the afterglow of yesterday 
I see my tiny son at play ; 
He whiles away the happy hours 
Eagerly as the bee sips flowers. 
What matters it, should I complain 
If hands and clothes show travel stain 
At eventide? 

But stronger grown, he travels far 
And finds the things that break or mar 
The hearts of men. who seeking there 
Would find their quest, all unaware 
Of pitfalls set by cunning wit : 
He trips, he falls, yet rises fit 
At eventide. 

When life's full day has brought him low. 
The tasks all done, the hours of woe 
Forever past, e'en as the hours 
He spent in rearing noble towers— 
What matters it, I'd like to know 
If hands and soul at evening show 
But travel stain? 



A grander Son than yours ( 
Has drunk the dregs of life' 
That we in passing on our way 
Should find a sweeter, fairer day 
Than that on which the Spirit's wi 
Led him out to Golgotha's hill 
All travel stained. 
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The New Loyalty 

BY RUFUS D. BOWMAN 

For several years I have been longing for some one 
to define the future policy of the Church of the Breth- 
ren. This article in no measure claims to do it; but 
if it calls attention to the necessity of a new inter- 
pretation of loyalty, it will be worth-while. 

Our thinking people realize that we are going 
through a process of change. Old loyalties are break- 
ing away and we are faced with the necessity of es- 
tablishing new standards. Here and there we find 
people saying that the church is losing ground. Oth- 
ers say that the church is just beginning to realize her 
possibilities. My judgment is that this change is 
wholesome if we firmly anchor ourselves and clearly 
define our goals. Change without purpose is beset 
with perils. A ' generation ago church doctrine was 
taught to a marked degree. Today our young people 
come to us and say: " We would like to know some- 
thing about the great doctrines of the church." Many 
of our choicest young people are unable to talk in- 
telligently about the great Kingdom principles which 
we cherish. These young people are not only re- 
questing that they be taught church doctrines, they are 
demanding that they be given a rational interpretation 
of them. This interpretation must be one that will 
produce the most effective and constructive progress 
in our Kingdom building. Therefore, we must define 
the program and policy of the Church of the Brethren 
in new terms. 

Since it is necessary to interpret loyally in new 
terms, what should be our interpretation? The answer 
comes in three words : " Loyalty to principle." In the 
midst of a changing society there are abiding princi- 
ples. Principles are unchangeable and eternal, but the 
methods by which they are expressed and taught may 
differ from age to age. We can rally our young peo- 
ple to our church with an undying enthusiasm when 
we interpret principles in terms of the deeper realities 
of religion. In our time, when Christian forces are 
cooperating in a great endeavor to save the world, 
there are some people who question the value of de- 
nominations. Let us frankly ask ourselves this ques- 
tion : " What right have we to exist?" The Church of 
the Brethren has a right to exist because she teaches 
gfeat Kingdom principles which are essential to the 
Kingdom of God. As a young man I love my church, 
but I love her and am giving my life for her because 
she embodies the great New Testament principles 



through which I can render the most effective con- 
tribution to the Kingdom of God. Denominations are 
not ends in themselves, they are means to an end. We 
should not worship our denomination, but simply love 
her because of what she can contribute toward the 
larger end. In our new loyalty, we shall be loyal to 
the church as a means to establish the rule of Christ 
in human hearts. The methods and policies of the 
church in the future must be such as to contribute 
most effectively toward the progress of the Kingdom. 
What are the great Kingdom principles, which we 
must cherish and teach? The first that I wish to men- 
tion is the purity and sacredness of the marriage re- 
lationship. Our church fathers gave us a great ideal 
as to the Christian home. Divorce was strongly 
opposed. There grew up around the home a hallowed 
atmosphere. Our people have been rich in the sim- 
" plicity and devoutness of their home life. This cul- 
ture I do not want to forget. The church of the future 
must continue to be rich in the spiritual experiences 
of the home. In a world that is vocal with the strange 
music of jazz and fashion, we must maintain the in- 
tegrity of the home. Ask our church leaders what they 
are doing through young people's organizations. Sun- 
day-school, and the church services to prepare young 
people for' home-building and you will receive a tragic 
reply. We have a great ideal but we are not teaching 
the ideal. The new loyalty must be a loyalty to the 
devoutness, the sanctity, and the holiness of the home. 
Another principle which challenges all the powers of 
my soul is that of peace. Our church, has never sanc- 
tioned war. Peace as a fundamental principle has al- 
ways been taught and honored by our members; Dur- 
ing the Revolutionary War our members were severe- 
ly tested and some of them were persecuted. This 
attitude is surely consistent with the spirit of Jesus. 
Again and again during the years the church has re- 
affirmed her position on this Bible principle. We have 
been a peace-loving and a peace-believing people, but 
I fear that we have not done our best as a peace-teach- 
ing people. The lira' loyalty will not only demand that 
we anchor ourselves with regard to this principle, but 
it will insist that we carry on a vigorous program of 
teaching peace to the world. 

The doctrine of the simple life deserves our atten- 
tion in relation to future attitudes. In changing from 
emphasis on a prescribed form of dress, we must be- 
ware lest the pendulum swing too far. This is a Bible 
doctrine and it must be taught. One of the perils of 
the new position is that we may lose the principle. 
For this reason it is necessary to have a new inter- 
pretation of loyalty. My experience is that when we 
teach the doctrine of the simple life as a great New 
Testament principle, emphasizing sensible and spir- 
itual living, our young people will rally to the support 
of it. The church of the future must teach this doc- 
trine in a broad and spiritual manner. 

Although our church is one of the oldest temperance 
societies, we need to reaffirm our position on this 
question. Before 1800 the Church of the Brethren 
had a clearly defined policy in regard to temperance. 
This is a great record. But the church-of the future 
must be committed to a greater teaching program with 
regard to this principle We must show others that we 
are in earnest in what we believe. The new loyalty 
will be a loyalty to a more active propagation of the 
temperance ideal. 

In our business policies I would like to revive the 
spirit of our fathers. Once it was thought that " a 
Dunker's word was as good as his bond." We are 
able no longer to speak that statement with authority. 
The greatest discredit to Christianity is the inconsistent 
living of church leaders. The time is at hand for 
the church to insist on the Golden Rule in business. 
There is nothing that will give the church of the future 
more influence than to unselfishly express in business 
the spirit of this statement : " A Dunker's word is as 
good as his bond." The new loyalty is simply creating 
enough courage to teach the old loyalty. 

The new loyalty demands that we teach stewardship 
of life and possessions. Since loyalty to church is not 
an end, but a means toward the most effective propa- 
gation of the Kingdom, we must exercise the methods 
which bring the best results. This idea necessitated the 



change from a free ministry to a paid ministry which 
could give more time to the work of the Kingdom. 
This fact, along with our expansion in missionary en- 
terprises, created the demand for an active teaching 
of our stewardship obligations. The doctrine of 
stewardship is a great Biblical principle and we need 
to give no apologies when we teach it. A man said to 
me one day : " I think I will join your church down 
there. The Dunkers never ask for much money." I 
said in my own heart : " God forbid that we gather 
recruits from those who will not fulfill their steward- 
ship obligations I" There is nothing that brings greater 
spiritual enrichment than giving. Our new emphasis 
on stewardship is a great spiritualizing factor in our 
church. The new loyalty will not be loyalty to church 
because it makes no financial demands, but loyalty to 
our stewardship obligations in the light of what our 
money can do for the Kingdom of God. 

In a new interpretation of loyalty it is necessary to 
clarify the relationship between symbols and principles. 
For years I participated in the ordinances of our com- 
munion service without realizing the significance of 
them. Finally, some one interpreted the principles in- 
volved in the ordinances as meaning humility, service, 
fellowship and sacrifice. When I discovered these 
principles in the service, it filled my soul with new 
light and glory. Let us exalt the principles for they 

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Reaching Thinking People 

BY J. H. MOORE 

In these days when so many pulpits, essays, and 
sometimes editorials, steer clear of the New Testa- 
ment doctrines, it is encouraging to note what a few 
of the outstanding and fearless writers are doing in 
the interest of what the Master and also his apostles, 
guided by the Spirit, intended should be done in all 
Lids and during the entire Christian dispensation. 
To his apostles, before sending them into " all the 
world " Jesus said : " Teach all nations," then after 
making disciples, or learners of them, " baptize them," 
and then some more teaching, " teaching them to ob- 
serve all things whatsoever I have commanded you." 
Here is the whole story. Teach the people, teach all 
of them, baptize those who accept the faith, and then 
do some teaching, and keep at it until all things com- 
manded have been taught, practically a lifetime job 
for any preacher, writer or Sunday-school teacher. 

Fortunately for the year of our Lord, 1928, we are 
in our Sunday-schools to devote six months to the 
study of the book of Mark or rather the Gospel as 
presented by Mark, a man who gave the better part of 
his life to preaching the Gospel and probably wrote 
' as directed by the apostle Peter. To help us in our 
study of the lessons from Sunday to Sunday we are 
offered the use of a number of lesson commentaries, 
lesson helps, to say nothing of quarterlies and month- 
lies. So far as our own people are concerned this is 
the year of opportunity to present to the public the 
outstanding points of New Testament Christianity. 
It is to be a whole year in the New Testament, six 
months in Mark and the remainder of the year in Acts 
and the epistles of Paul. 

In our lesson preparation we have for twenty years 
or more, made use of Peloubet's Select Notes, a 368 
page book supposed to be wholly undenominational, 
and yet where the meaning of the written word is so 
clear as to afford hardly any excuse for a difference 
of opinion, the writer will now and then toss unde- 
nominationalism to the winds and state the real facts 
in the case. This is what he has done in his comments 
on Mark 1 : 4 for the first lesson of the present quar- 
ter. We quote: "Whether John's baptism was sug- 
gested by the baptism of proselytes of Judaism, or by 
the ceremonial washings (Mark 7:3, 4), the promi- 
nence given to it in the narrative and his title of ' the 
Baptist ' mark it out as a new and distinct rite of his 
ministry. The immersion of his converts in the Jor- 
dan typifies not a ceremonial but a moral cleansing ; it 
is a baptism characterized by repentance, accompanied 
by public confession (verse 5), and therefore an act 
directed towards and resulting in the forgiveness of 
sins." 

This has what our people would characterize as the 






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"gospel ring." It is not merely a ceremonial rite, 
leaving the form indefinite; it is " the immersion of Ins 
converts in the Jordan." Not only immersing them, 
but it is an act along with repentance and confession 
resulting in forgiveness. What is this but repentance 
and baptism for the remission of sins, as Peter taught 
on the day of Pentecost? It is the clearly stated doc- 
trine that the Brethren have been teaching all these 
years. Or as Bro. D. L. Miller puts it in his splendid 
tract on "The Brethren": "Faith, repentance and 
baptism are held to be conditions of salvation. These 
three constitute true evangelical conversion, and upon 
them rests the promise of the forgiveness of sins and 
the gift of the Holy Ghost." 

• Here is a man writing a Sunday-school commentary 
intended for all denominations, the popular churches 
as well as others, saying that John's baptism was the 
immersion of his converts. There is no misunder- 
standing what the notes mean, it is immersion, and not 
possibly sprinkling or pouring. And while this is true, 
in lessons intended for popular use, yet there are evan- 
gelists, possibly some of them in the Church of the 
Brethren, who in a series of revival discourses, will 
preach all around John's baptism, as well as the bap- 
tism of Jesus', in the river Jordan, not saying one word 
about immersion, the correct form of New Testament 
rite. The policy is not to say anything that might give 
offense. To talk in a revival and especially in a union 
meeting about John immersing his converts would be 
considered exceedingly inadvisable. In some com- 
munities such a declaration upon the part of the evan- 
gelist would be looked upon as unthinkable. In fact 
it would break up most union meetings. 

We are saying this to show that there are some peo- 
ple even in the popular ranks, who are not afraid to 
tell the truth, regardless of the benefits of those whom 
they are serving. 

This reminds us of a letter received a short time ago 
from the pastor of one of our northern churches. His 
church arranged for two evangelists to alternate in 
conducting its revival. The pastor told them that he 
wanted them to give his people good doctrine and 
plenty of it, and they gave it straight and strong. 
There was no uncertain sound in what came from the 
pulpit during that revival. No attempt was made to 
criticise other denominations. The two preachers 
stuck to the Bible, and where the Scripture spoke they 
spoke. For the faith and practice of the Brethren 
they gave the thus sayeth the Lord, and also gave the 
reasons for the outstanding principles held by the 
church. The people became interested. They were 
being told something worth listening to. They were 
not being put off with sermons largely sensational, 
emotional and merely persuasive. 

After the close of each discourse the people had 
something to think about, something solid, and some- 
thing that had the Word of 'God behind it. Being thus 
instructed in what the inspired Word demanded of 
them, they were as intelligent men and women placed 
on their honor, to believe in Jesus the Christ, repent 
of their sins, put on Christ in the holy rite of baptism 
and be saved, or reject the. plain word, the offer of 
mercy and be lost. It was a clear, clean cut appeal 
to people of intelligence and honesty. The Word 
thus preached like on the day of Pentecost went to 
the heart, and as a result a number of men and woman, 
heads of families, gladly received the Word, were 
baptized and added to the church. There were also 
some children but the most of them were people of 
mature minds and years. 

Taking it the land over we are needing a whole lot 
of this outspoken truth, in press and pulpit ; the truth 
spoken in such a manner that it will appeal to intelli- 
, gence and reason. If we are to convert thinking men 
and women we must give them something more than 
that found in the popular sermon notes, and sermon 
outlines. It is the Gospel that they need, not in the 
parlance of the new theology, or even after the unde- 
nominational style so prevalent, but in the sense and 
after the manner intended by the sacred writers. This 
is the sort of preaching that will interest and appeal to 
the class of people who will bring influence and prestige 
to the church. 
Scbring, Fla. 



The Cross and Missions 

BY GALEN B. ROYER 

The church in its corporate life is made up of indi- 
viduals who have been redeemed and to whom has 
been committed the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 
5 : IS) to all men. The inward life, expressed in terms 
of individual salvation, is expressed outwardly in the 
form of an organization, the sole purpose of which is 
to make more effective through cooperation the obliga- 
tion that is upon the individual because he is saved. 
What relation, then, has the group or organization to 
the message of the cross? Since, "Freely ye have 
received; freely give," rests upon each individual 
Christian, the 

First and Basic Purpose 



of the church is to proclaim through its organization, 
the redemptive power of the Cross to all men. The 
result of this ministry will be the Kingdom of God in 
the world — just what God sent his Son into the world 
for. Standing between an ever loving Father who 
has brought about, through his Son's .death, a potential 
salvation for every one and a world lost in sin, stands 
the church with this solemn responsibility. Under the 
guidance of the Holy Spirit she is to make salvation 
real to every one. Thus understanding this world- 
embracing redemptive program of our Father God, 
dare the church attempt less than he had in mind when 
his Son died on the cross? 

In general terms Christ on the cross, accomplished 
the following for mankind: 

His death satisfied the penalty of sin. Sin's goal is 
spiritual death. Christ on Calvary poured out his 
soul (Isa. S3: 10, 12) and experienced that separation 
from God which the unbelieving must endure through 
all eternity. 

Through Christ's death the believer by faith becomes 
free from the dominion of sin. It need no longer reign 
in his mortal body. 

Christ's death, making it possible for all men to be 
saved, is a claim eternally upon every one. This claim 
is the deepest and highest reality of the moral uni- 
verse. 

The ground principle of all missionary endeavor lies 
in Christ's redemptive power for all men. Here is the 
great impulsion of the last command, " Go." Jesus 
says to every Christian, and of course to the body, the 
church: " I have redeemed. Go!" 

This Power to Save 

the heathen from moral weakness, sin and guilt should 
vigorously incite the church to the greatest diligence 
in missionary endeavor. It is not a question whether 
the heathen will be saved without the Gospel. The 
very fact they are all gone out of the way, that they 
are living under the guilt and fear of sin, conscious 
of their shame, self-condemned and fearing horrible 
retributions as their worship reveals, that they are liv- 
ing under a " law unto themselves " with its inflexible 
punishments from which they know no way of escape, 
when they might enjoy the grace brought about by the 
saving power of the cross, living in ignorance and 
superstition when they might live in an experimental 
knowledge of this wonderful redemption and rejoice - 
all this makes missions not an option on the part ol the 
Christian, but an imperative unavoidable obligation. 

Christianity builds and ennobles character as no 
other religion does. But if the heathen never hear of 
Christ nor feel the power of his saving grace, how can 
they attain to life's highest moral rewards? To build 
up the body at home is a real and proper function of 
the church, but her primary purpose is to create the 
church in parts where Christ is not known. The sec- 
ond Psalm declares the whole world has by the Father 
been given to the Son for an inheritance. It is left to 
the church to bring this heavenly purpose into its 
fullest realization. 

A Real Obligation 

Paul, the cross' greatest hero, is our example in this 
obligation. He speaks of the mystery of Christ after 
this manner: "The Gentiles should be fellow- 
heirs, . . . partakers of the promise of Christ . . . 
whereuf I was made a minister . . . [to] preach 
among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ " 
(Eph. 3:6-8). This inheritance can never be pos- 



sessed by the heathen unless the church cooperates 
with God in a more effectual manner than she has up 
to this time. Paul gave his life unstintingly to the 
proclamation of the Gospel; it was no option with him. 
Christ comes to every believer and to the church with 
a still higher and stronger obligation. He says: " Ye 
shall be my witnesses . . . unto the uttermost 
parts." The real purpose, then, of the church is the 
ministry of redemptive love. By it the body of Christ 
is built up, a work of supreme necessity and everlast- 
ing service. 

" Ye Have an Anointing " 

That is. ye too are to be saviors, beloved John would 
have every believer realize. It is our privilege not only 
to be saved, but to suffer in behalf of having others 
saved. By the sacrifice of self, we have the joy of 
filling up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ 
in behalf of the church (Col. 1:24). Just to the ex- 
tent we love others more than ourselves, so we hasten 
the time when all men will love their neighbors as them- 
selves. The test of a true church is not the creed it 
seeks to follow, but the life it lives and the service it 
renders others— the world. That is the truest church 
which pleases Christ most— is most successful in the 
ministry of redemption of the cross into all the world. 
How peculiar and exclusive is the church's posi- 
tion in the world anyhow! No other agency can so 
well conserve the blessings of God and administer 
them to man. It is but a hackeyed statement to say 
that Christianity through missions has been the fore- 
runner of civilization. Yet the most outstanding fact 
is that the brightest and most glowing pages of civiliza- 
tion are the missionary records of the church. No 
man can foresee the full blessing which Carey, Judson. 
Livingstone, Chalmers, Paton, Morrison and a host of 
others on the far-flung battle lines have rendered to 
the world— a service that increases as the Kingdom 
of God grows in every land. 

Think of it! Missionaries (not statesmen) have 
translated the Bible into over five hundred languages 
and dialects. In many instances before such transla- 
tion could be made, the language of the uncivilized peo- 
ple had to he reduced to writing through inventing an 
alphabet, making a grammar and so on. On what 
better foundation could civilization ask to make prog- 
ress than such work as the missionary has done! 

What then is the church's greatest need? First, to 
make this redemptive power of the cross her own. 
Then let her spend herself unsparingly in bearing this 
life-giving remedy for soul-sickness to the farthest 
corner of the earth. Will the church rehabilitate her- 
elf- again become Christ filled as of old. or will she 
continue self-centered as she now is? For the cross of 
redeeming love needs a body of believers to minister 
this heavenly energy to those sitting in darkness so 
they may with us see the great Light and experience 
the saving power of the cross. 
Pittsburgh, Pa. 



Experimenting With Ideals 

BY M. L. CASSADY 
B. Y. P. D. Article — Program for Feb. 19 

We know the sham of our own false standards. 
\\ , know what Christ would have our standards be. 
Our need now is action. Consider, for example, a new 
tei hnique for groups discussing the race problem. 

Youth has tackled the delicate problem of race rela- 
tions with vigor. Through discussion groups, con- 
ferences and mission study classes they have brought 
the searchlight of public interest on the matter. A 
great many excellent books, such as J. H. Oldham's 

■ -tianity and the Race Problem" and Basil 

Mathews' " Clash of Color" have forcefully portrayed 
how the truly Christian conscience ought to function 
here. Young people have done much thinking, talking, 
sentimentalizing and resolving. But how much of this 
has been clanging brass? How many actual projects, 
experiments, or practical attempts to justify the truth 
,,1 these ideals, can we trace to these discussion groups? 
Is that not our peculiar need now? The theory was 
necessary. But let us look to Christ for something 
else besides ideals. He gave us also method. Jesus 
was a Man of action much more than he was a Teach- 

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1928 



On Realizing Righteousness 



(Continued Fri 



what it does for business in the way of overcoming the 
It a handicaps of time and change. The institution 
a Lily, community, church and state f conserves * 
accumulations of one generation for the next U1 
course the evil that is passed on becomes a handicap, 
out the good that is passed on is the bas.s of new ad- 
ventures in progress. 
Church Organization and Righteousness 

Church organization is vital to the progress of ngh - 
eousness, even though at times an outgrown mst,ta- 
tional form rest as a veritable dead hand upon the 
pulsing life of the present. The shortcomings of or- 
ganization have been so strenuously played tip of r - 
St years that the very real advantages o legitimate 
organization have been all but overlooked As one 
contemplates the sectarianism of our day he can no 
help but feel that organization has been overdone. No 
all of the existing religious bodies are needed yet, 
would require a bold reformer indeed to say ,ust what 
sects represent unneeded duplications. 

Perhaps the best procedure in the face of the pres- 
ent dilemma is for each sect to conduct a most search- 
ing self-examination. The individual reformer should 
not attempt his delicate mission until the beam is out of 
his own eye. Who will say that the same principle 
should not apply to the militant institution? If in the 
process of self-examination an institution discovers 
that for all practical purposes it is quite like another, 
then it would seem the part of wisdom to begin nego- 
tiations for the purpose of eliminating duplication. 
And such a procedure would appear to be especially 
appropriate in the case of sects belonging to a common 

f imilv 

However, we hasten to say that there is much more 
to denominationalism than some people suppose. 
Viewed superficially it appears to involve tremendous 
and needless waste, especially through duplication. 
And many of the apparent costs of duplication are real. 
But that they are real does not prove they are un- 
necessary or unwise. For there is a sense in which - 
most of the costs of life are unnecessary. Consider 
how much more economical it would be if the present 
generation could live on for a thousand years, in place 
of hastening to rear and train another generation, 
which in turn will hardly reach efficiency until it must 
be displaced and safely laid away in the gravel Life 
is but another name for waste— if one looks at it from 
the standpoint of the economic costs involved. But 
if the purpose of life is character development, and not 
the mere piling up of material resources, then the 
average life is enough— certainly enough if it is a 
failure; perhaps, also, sufficient if it is a success. 

The aim of life is not the multiplication and con- 
servation of things, but it is that of soul culture. And 
this is the business for which the church exists, a busi- 

Iness not so well served by one ponderous central or- 
ganization, stamping all to one common pattern down 
through the centuries, as by such a diversity of re- 
ligious organizations as will result in the largest pos- 
sible measure of constructive self-realization. The 
church must deal with people as and where they are; 
it must seek to minister to every sort and condition of 
men. 

It is true that Christ prayed that those who should 
believe on him might be one, even as he and the Father 
were one. He could have prayed no less for such was 
the far divine event for which he came. But that or- 
ganic oneness of the church now and in this world is 
possible, or even desirable, is not necessarily implied 
by his prayer. For the Master was contemplating an 
ideal— the end of a process— a goal to be reached when 
" ye shall be perfect as your Father in heaven is per- 
fect." 

As men organize to achieve righteousness the choice 
is not between the extreme of competition pushed to 
impotent diversity, nor the extreme of cooperation 
driven to equally sterile inclusiveness. We can not 
escape the weakness of sectarianism by heading toward 
the even worse dilemma of the one inclusive institu- 
tion soon becoming so ponderous that the saving, 
quickening power of individualism is crushed out. Or- 



ganized religion does not need to choose between these 
L extremes; rather, that measure of °^"'*" 
best which results in the highest type of spiral 
culture-and this will demand the challenge of com 
petition as well as the savings of cboperahor, The 
real test for any given denomination is the in tans, 
worth of its contribution toward the spiritual hfe of 
the world. And the outlook for the church able to 
m ake a vital contribution to the higher life of man 
has never been brighter than it is today. For in what- 
ever is living here, there is the promise found in all 
the processes of nature, that it shall increase as the 
years go by. A prophet has somewhere said: O 
the increase of his government and of peace there shall 
be no end." Nor is there any reason to expect any- 
thin- less for the future of any vital, redeeming ideal. 



Will Our Aid Societies Help? 

BY MRS. J. C. MYERS, PRESIDENT SISTERS' AID SOCIETY 

Iust now our church is facing a problem^an we 
by our united efforts, wipe out the deficit in our church 
treasury before the close of the year? 

We as Aid Workers, have always stood loyally by 
our church program. Our very name suggests that we 
are ready to aid wherever a need is found. 

Because the Gospel of Christ has so richly blessed 
the women of Christian lands, we have been especially 
interested in missions in heathen lands. I am sure 
we do not want to see our missionaries in India, China 
and Africa hindered in their work by lack of funds 
Our missionaries are standing loyally by their hard 
tasks Will we not be just as loyal in supporting them . 
I am hoping that every Aid Society in the Brother- 
hood will send in a contribution to our General Mission 
Board during the month of February. You can choose 
some work in which you are especially interested or 
send to the world-wide fund. 

Let us not leave money lying idle in our treasuries 
while this need is before us. Our General Aid budget 
is small. We can meet the obligations as they come 
to us during the year by working harder if necessary. 

How many Aids will respond to this plea? Which 
will be the first to send a donation ? 
Broadway, Va. 



I. An offering the third Sunday of each month by 
the Sunday-school. 

11 The monthly and quarterly envelope system. 
,,] Four missionary programs annually, preceded 
by a special announcement. These programs consist 
of well selectedM-ecitations by the young people fol- 
lowed by a short stirring appeal by one of the minis- 
ters At these meetings our missionary committee 
gives a report showing where the church stands in 
relation to the goal. 

IV A special Annual Meeting offering. We think 
it best to say little about the per capita assessment, 
but ask our members to bear in mind the goal for our 
church By these methods we have not only reached 
the goal but because of the need have gone beyond 
for a number of years, and hope to do so again. If 
any elder or pastor should read this who is really de- 
sirous of contributing to this worthy cause as recom- 
mended by Conference, my advice is: Keep your eye 
on that word persistently. It is the key to success in 
every activity of church or secular lite. 
Elhabcthtmm, Pa. 



One Phase of Loyalty 

BY SAMUEL H. HERTZLER 

In the estimation of many of the Messenger family 
there may be a question as to whether we as a church, 
should undertake as large a missionary program as we 
are endeavoring to carry. This may, in a measure, ac- 
count for the deficit in our budget. One of the unfortu- 
nate, if not alarming, conditions in our church is the 
attitude taken by many individuals and some churches, 
that no matter what Conference says they will use 
their own judgment. It certainly is the privilege of 
delegates to express their opinion at the Conference 
on this subject as well as on any other question, but 
after the budget is passed by vote of the delegate body, 
then we, as a church, have assumed the obligation and 
all of us should enter whole-heaitedly into the effort 
to pay our quota. Our individual opinion, if at vari- 
ance with the decision, should not even be mentioned 
in the local church. 

A good plan to raise this money, I think, first of 
all is to elect or appoint a live missionary committee, 
one that will not allow the elder or pastor to forget. 
At least some of the recommendations given by our 
General Mission Board work out very well if fol- 
lowed up persistently. Let me emphasize that last 
word by an illustration. In my experience in teaching 
school I have found it an easy matter to assign work 
but very much more difficult to get that work done. 
If on our return from the Conference we state to 
our congregations the amount of the budget, our quota 
per member and the total amount due the General 
Board, by our churches, with the further statement 
that we owe this money as we owe our personal debts 
because we are a part of the body that created the debt, 
we as elders and pastors have but assigned the lesson. 
Any teacher knows, however, that the pupil must re- 
cite, and here is how our pupils recite: 



The Challenge of the Cross as Related to Our 
Missionary Deficit 

BY M. S. FRANTZ 

Luke says of Jesus : " And it came to pass, when the 
days were well-nigh come that he should be received up, 
he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem. W hat- 
ever other meaning is embodied in this profound state- 
ment, it is very evident that Jesus here determinedly 
marched to his death, using and giving all that he had, 
and all that he was, to accomplish that for which he 
had been sent bv the Father. The words of Jesus: 
" As my Father sent me ... so send I you, un- 
mistakably present to us the challenge to walk to our 
goal as he walked to his goal. 

When the Church of the Brethren assembled in Con- 
ference fixed her budget, and consented unto her 
goals, she also marked out her " Jerusalem toward 
which she is morally bound to steadfastly set her face, 
and in the determination and spirit of her Lord press 
onward to the goal. To waver, here, or to look back, 
is to prove ourselves unworthy of the Kingdom. Jesus 
could not save himself, and save others, thus he chose 
to save others. To us he says: " He that would save 
his life shall lose it." Are we not a little too fearful 
of losing our lives? Well, the 'challenge of the cross 
is just this, having set our goal and taken our vow, let 
us go on and pay our vow, though the doing so cost 
us our all. 

Some say our budget is too big. I for one do not 
believe it. In the Gospel Messencer of May 21, 
19?7 H C. Early says " The people of our country 
consume annually in the neighborhood of a hundred 
pounds per capita." What was he talking about? 
Sugar What an indictment against the Church of the 
Brethren! Yes, we use Our hundred pounds per 
capita. There are no better cooks in the world, when 
it comes to making pies, cakes, puddings, etc., than our 
sisters— and there are n6 bigger eaters of such things 
than our hard-working brethren. Now 120,000 mem- 
bers using 100 pounds of sugar each amounts to 120,- 
000 sacks. At six dollars per sack, which is a very 
conservative price, the cost of this sugar is $720,000. 
A lot of money! Our missionary budget is just about 
half of that (not half, if we count the amount actually 
paid). Think of it! Two dollars for sugar and not 
quite one dollar for-missions! Brethren, are we going 
toward Jerusalem? Are we taking up our cross? Do 
we love the Lord? No, our budget is not too big. 

Paul says: "If any man have not the spirit of 
Christ he is none of his." The spirit of Christ is the 
others spirit. " He emptied himself " for others. The 
spirit of the Anti-Christ is just the opposite, or selfish- 
ness. Which do we put first, self or others? 

The cross is more than a creed, a song, a steeple, ; 
necklace! or a charm. It is the actual giving of our al 
as a ransom for sin. "Even as the Son of man . . 
gave his life a ransom for many." 

In the interest of our own welfare, and in the inter 
est of the church we love, as well as in the interest o 
the Kingdom of God, it is time that every member o 



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the church and every local church body consecrate 
themselves to the " great first work of the church.' 
and in the name of Jesus Christ go out to conquer 
If we do this our Mission Board can close the fiscal 
vea r free from deficit with money in the treasury. 
Will you rally to the call? Such indeed is the chal- 
lenge. 

Lindsay, Calif. ~»- 



Regional Ministers' Conferences 

BY M. R. ZIGLER 

During the next two weeks two Regional Confer- 
ences will be held. The Ministerial Board and the Home 
Department of the General Mission Board are cooper- 
ating with Bethany Bible School and McPherson Col- 

k The purpose of these Conferences is to discuss the 
present situation in our church as far as possible with- 
in the limited time. Already interest has been mani- 
fested by the large number of reservations being made, 
and letters indicate that our ministers are glad for the 
opportunity to get together in a conference to face 
our present situation. 

The Christian church in America today is facing a 
tremendous crisis. Our own church is facing difficult 
and critical problems. The Church of the Brethren 
is responsible for the Christianizing of the communi- 
ties in which our churches are located. Our aim and 
objectives are one. The best way to attain can only 
be found by conferences with one another as leaders 
of the church. These conferences will give a fine 
opportunity for ministers to exchange the best methods 
they have been able to find by experience. The fellow- 
ship with men working in. like tasks is always an in- 
I spiration. These conferences give opportunity to weld 
ourselves together in brotherhood, in such a way that 
we will serve more effectively. It will develop a fel- 
lowship of prayer which will enable us to pull together 
in one great, united, common task in the name of 
Christ. . . 

Some churches are sending their ministers. All 
churches in the region should consider it. Perhaps 
your congregation has been served by a minister free 
of charge who would enjoy such a fellowship if the 
church would make it financially possible. Write 
Bethany Bible School if you are in the region of 
Bethany and McPherson if you are in the McPherson 
area. The dates of the Conferences are Bethany Bible 
: School Feb. 7-10, and McPherson Feb. 15-17. 

Elgin, III. . 

For Lack of Funds 

BY W. G. NYCE 

Many of us, no doubt, were startled by the state- 
ment in the report of the last meeting of the General 
Mission Board that a couple of worthy and acceptable 
candidates for the foreign field could not be appointed 
" for lack of funds." We had been hearing during 
the past year or more of possible retrenchment, and , 
threatened cessation of progress, but consoled our- 
| selves with the hope that somehow the Bpard would 
continue to rub along, somewhere the money would 
be found, and what had been would continue to be. 
,So why worry! There are many Micawbers in the 
Christian church. 

But' here is stoppage for lack of funds. Here is a 
picture, rising up to confront us suddenly, of a multi- 
tude of sin-burdened hearts pleading for light and life. 
One thinks also of long, toilsome journeys on foot; 
of hunger and distress; of missionaries who deny 
themselves to the limit, and beyond, and who are 
reaching out as far as their strength permits to meet 
the need ; and of the Spirit of God putting the spirit of 
service into the hearts of a young man and his wife, 
to go and help, go and tell, go and preach the Word — 
but there is a lack of funds ! 

What a weight of responsibility rolls upon our 
hearts as we think of this— we who are chosen to be 
the senders of the Gospel! Do we not sing: "Take 
my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold." 
" Oh, blessed Savior, count on me," " All to Jesus I 
surrender," and a'large collection of similar fervencies? 
Meanwhile, what is the rich American church do- 
ing about this lack of funds? We have done very 



little to remedy it for a whole year. The deficit dimin- 
ishes but slowly if at all. 

There is enough money burned up in the Brethren 
church for tobacco every year to supply this lack. 
I should not wonder if a month would do it. Who 
does not know of brethren who spend $50 a year for 
cigars, cigarettes and the old black pipe? 

Enough is spent on shows and movies, and pleasure 
resorts, among our people, to supply this lack. There 
is enough money in gold, platinum and diamonds on 
the fingers of members of our church to easily take 
care of this need. 

A dozen others ways might be mentioned in which 
we are spending lavishly. Splendid conveniences and 
adornments for our homes, our cars, or our persons, 
consume enough money to pay this bill ten times over. 
Light literature runs up a big bill on us each year. If 
there is any sacrifice being made, the butcher, the baker, 
the grocer and the candy man are not seriously in- 
convenienced by it. The recent Christmas season wit- 
nessed a good deal of expenditure that was more or 
less profitless and probably unwise. 

We are in a spending age. The least we can do is 
to be as much interested in the work of our Lord and 
Savior as in our own comfort and pleasure, and give 
to this vastly greater and more important need some 
commensurate proportion of what our prosperity 
makes it possible for us to spend. 

Oh. may the Holy Spirit stir us ! " For lack of 
funds'." May it ring in our ears till we find peace in 
giving, that the awful decline in our missionary activi- 
ty may not prove a terrible toboggan of death to the 
cause and all connected with it. 
Pottstown, Pa. 



Opportunity 






BY J. W. LEAR 

As we look at this word we can see an open door. 
Paul faced an open door when at Troas. He was out 
for Christ telling the " good news " to all who would 
listen. He had eyes to see the opportunities, for the 
" love of Christ constrained him." Without hesitation 
and without question he walked through and started 
working. 

If God opens a door and invites us to enter we may 
be assured that great possibilities await our arrival. 
The beckoning hand held out with importunity and the 
entreating voice, '-' Come over and help," stirred Paul 
to action. He was waiting for Titus and suffered in 
spirit because he had not arrived, but such a challenge 
put this great missionary on the march for Macedonia. 
Flesh and blood must always be subservient to the call 
of the Spirit. 

Opportunity means that all the elements making for 
success have focused. The strategic time has arrived 
and he who tarries will find much cause for regrets. 
Our Father knows when the time is ripe for effective 
service. We can depend upon his judgment. This is 
his time. The day of grace is now. The cross has 
been given to the church as a symbol of salvation and 
service. Doubtless one cause of our denominational 
smallness lies in that we passed up too many open 
doors. We were remiss in our duty to take up our 
cross and follow him. (i 

" Opportunity usually spells hard work." ' Give 
us this day our daily bread " has no significance for 
the idler. That statement is but a request to give us 
the raw material. The blacksmith finds in the iron, 
the fire, the hammer and the anvil his opportunity to 
reveal his workmanship. With an artist's eye and a 
will to work the blacksmith and opportunity shape a 
profitable instrument. God and man in the industrial 
and commercial world have wrought wonders in ma- 
terial prosperity. God and man working together can 
produce spiritual values which will endure forever. 
We must not forget, however, that it requires the same 
hard work and perseverance to achieve in the spiritual 
field as in the temporal. " My Father worketh until 
now and I work," said Jesus. ■ " I came to do the will 
of him that sent me and to accomplish his work. ' W c 
are workers together with him. 

Opportunity demands sacrifice. The Word had the 
opportunity to save humanity. To do this he had to 
become flesh. He was not robbing God by claiming 



equality, but to ransom man he had to empty himself. 
He could not save himself if he was and is to be the 
Savior of others. To live he had to die. The suc- 
ceeding generation moves upward as it moves onward 
only when this generation lives and sacrifices for the 
next. When the present generation fails to sacrifice 
thus, the next generation becomes less virile and pro- 
phetic. Sacrifice is the law of growth. When church 
members refuse to sacrifice, the life in the Spirit be- 
comes dwarfed. When our denomination loses the 
spirit of sacrifice for a great cause our day of demise 
has begun. This law is just as inexorable as the law of 
gravitation. The same God made both. 

Our present opportunity is to finish well what we 
ourselves have begun under God. Work in China, 
India, Africa, Scandinavia and in our own America 
has been undertaken. God opened the door and we 
entered. We have found difficulties on the other side 
of that threshold. In some cases adversaries chal- 
lenged our progress. We have been called to self- 
denial in order to carry on. Can we do this willingly? 
Do we find it a joy to toil and sacrifice with our Master 
in the preaching of the "good news"? This task 
carries a money obligation. Will we shift the responsi- 
bility or will we do our full share? 

One more month and the record of this fiscal year 
will have passed into history. We are far from reach- 
ing the goal we set. The financial stakes we drove 
a year ago are not yet in sight. Letters like this help : 
" We do not wish to see our church fall down in its 
work of saving the world. We are glad to send an 
additional amount from our tithing account." 

A ten-dollar " money order " was enclosed. Those 
tithing accounts arc so helpful. Setting apart a por- 
tion of our income and giving with Biblical system by 
every member who makes money would work wonders. 
What a shout of joyful victory would then go up to 
our Lord instead of the wail of defeat. Everybody al 
it and at it to win, will insure success. 
Cliicago, III. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



THE BIBLE INSTITUTE AT ELIZABETHTOWN 
COLLEGE 

Elizabcthtown College; held its Annual Bible Institute 
from January 15 to 22. 1928. The spirit and attendance 
were most excellent. As reasons for the success of the 
Institute the following, among others, might be assigned. 
Firs! the Institute affords an opportunity for the young 
folks' to make a mid-year visit to the college and at the 
same time enjoy religious instruction. Our friends are 
always welcome visitors to College Hill. Secondly, the 
local congregations and Sunday-schools are to be com- 
mended for their moral and financial support in sending 
delegates for part or full time. This feature was tre- 
mendously appreciated both by the committee responsible 
for the Institute and also by those who were so gener- 
ously supported. Thirdly, the midwinter weather was most 
favorable to travel and attendance and so unusually calm 
and m*i for the season with little exception. But finally, 
the strongest attractive force was the first class instruc- 
tion afforded by able, experienced, genial and effective 
leaders. 

Eld W W Slabaugh of Bethany Bible School, in his 
simple broad-minded and unassuming manner taught the 
•• Book of Phiiippians" and "The Doc.rine of Peace very 
effectively Eld. 1. A. Robinson of Ohio, in his forceful 
and genial way taught •■Evangelism" and " Pastoral Ad- 
miuis.ra.ion" in a manner made doubly effective by his 
commanding personality. Eld. C. D. Bonsack, Secretary 
of General Mission Board, was eminently fitted to give 
practical instruction on the knots of Missionary Admin.s- 
tration, both by virtue of his office and also by his recent 
studies of the foreign fields. Eld. Floyd Mallott, returned 
missionary Tron, Carkida, Nigeria, West Afnca, on his firs 
furlough,' presented the "Africa Challenge ,n his usual 
able, scholarly and instructive manner. 

The week-end features of the Institute were inspiring 
and unusually well attended. From 600 to 1,100 people 
attended the various sessions. These programs centered 
about Sunday-school, educational, young people s and mis- 
sionary subjects. The offerings in support of the work and 
of missions were encouraging. A unique feature of the 
\nnual Institute is always the Welfare Contest. Tins year 
the subject of "Worldlv Amusements" was discussed by 
,hree participants. The first prize of 512.50 was awarded 
lo John Wenger, of Elizabeth-town : the second prize of 
?I0J50 to Beulah Weng< r, of Akron. Pa., and the third prize 

(Continued on P."»se "W 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 4, 1928 




Show Them the Father 



BY EPHRAIM M. HERTZLER 
A Sermon 

The fourteenth of St. John is one of the most beau- 
tiful of all the passages in the Word of God. Here 
Jesus in simple, direct, yet beautiful language sets 
forth his relation to the Father, on the one hand, and 
his mission to the world on the other. It may be 
summed up by saying that he came to give men a real 
vision of God. Naturally, he spoke these words to 
his disciples, for only those intimately acquainted with 
him could appreciate the significance of his teaching. 
Even one of these failed to recognize its depth, for 
Philip said unto him: " Show us the Father." Philip 
here unconsciously expressed the desire of all religious- 
ly minded people. Where is there a soul, that has not 
frequently longed for a clear vision of the Father? 
It is a desire which lingers in the heart of each of us. 

Philip's request, and the response Jesus gave to it, is 
just as vital for us today as when the words were 
spoken by the apostle. Man's work, his aspiration, his 
joy, consists in beholding the Father. The complete 
man, the man who utilizes all of the higher faculties 
and characteristics of his being, is constantly searching 
every field of knowledge and experience in an effort to 

find God. 

Our methods of searching for God may differ wide- 
ly, as well as our conception of the place where he may 
be found. Perhaps most of us say, " Show us the Fa- 
ther," to nature first of all. Many thinkers, philoso- 
phers, and scientists may object that the Father exists 
in nature, yet our very nature prompts us to look for 
him there, among the fruits of his handiwork. This is 
wisdom in itself, for it is. the natural way for our finite 
minds to step from the ephemeral to the eternal. When 
Jesus said, " Consider the lilies of the field," and again, 
" the birds of the air," I have no doubt that he implied 
the presence of a message from the Father in the pure 
whiteness of each petal, and in every pair of spreading 
wings of the birds. Time and again Jesus referred to 
some phenomena of nature in his teaching, in order to 
clarify the vision of the Father. 

Who has been able to go into the woods and enjoy 
the fragrant spring flowers without therein finding 
God? Where is there a man who can pluck those- 
tender blossoms without recognizing his loving kind- 
ness toward us? Behold the stalwart oak, as it 
stretches its branches to the sky, and you will see in it 
the majesty of the Creator. Listen to the sweet music 
of the rippling brook, as it passes over the pebbles on 
its journey to the sea, and you can hear the love of 
God extolled. As we look into the starry heavens, 
their twinkling rays of light radiate forth the glory 
and majesty of the Father. Even the rocks, the waves, 
and the clouds reveal the Father, if we but paftse to 
recognize him in them. When we take time to enjoy 
these things it appears as though the veil which hides 
God from us becomes so transparent that we almost see 
him face to face, in all of nature about us. 

At other times, when the mountains pour forth their 
molten lava, flame and smoke, which ruthlessly de- 
stroys all life and property in its path, God seems to 
hide behind a veil so dense that we can scarcely see 
his goodness. When last year's flood rushed down 
through the Mississippi Valley, seemingly blind, deaf 
and dumb to all the pain and horror and death in its 
wake, it shook our faith in a Creator who permits such 
disaster. The dashing waves of an angry sea will lash 
a ship to pieces, and even then is not satisfied until it 
has swallowed up the last of the crew which may be 
desperately clinging to some fragments of the wreck- 
age. The storm goes on unheedful of their dire plight 
and makes us tremble at its savage fury. Such phases 
of nature veil the Father so completely that we fail to 
see his love and tenderness. 

Surely, as we behold nature, we drink of the tender- 
ness and eat of the fear of the creation surrounding us. 
Sometimes the Father is thus beheld, smiling like a 
loving Mother; and again he appears terrible as a 



Giant Now, nature becomes a transparent veil, barely 
covering the face of the Father ; then, again, it becomes 
a black and fatal wall, through which we can not see 

him at all. . r 

In order to emerge from the cruel uncertainty of our 
destiny, which depends upon a knowledge of the 
supreme will of the Father, we need another messenger 
than the one found in the trees, the mountains, the 
waves and the starry skies. Nothing belongs to us, in 
its entirety, except that which we adapt. Everything is 
humanized in filtering through our minds and hearts. 
The rocks which we behold, the trees which we admire 
.the stars which we contemplate-all become humanized 
when we regard them. Therefore, in order for man to 
comprehend the Father, it became necessary for him 
to make himself man, in the person of his divme Son 
Jesus Christ. Ever since God breathed the breath of 
life into man. a divine spark has existed in man's na- 
ture, but it was faint and fragmentary. It was never 
really understood by man, and consequently not recog- 
nized by most men until the Christ appeared. 

In Jesus Christ dwelt the fulness of the Godhead 
bodily. He revealed his sonship and told us plainly 
of the Father. His message was the potential divinity 
of man, on the one hand; and the actual humanity of 
God on the other hand. Jesus lived a life to corre- 
spond with his message. In him, Deity had allowed 
itself to become incarnate in order that humanity might 
recognize his kingship. Thus Jesus could look Philip 
in the eye and say : " Look at me. Philip, I am the legi- 
ble transcription of the impenetrable Hieroglyphic of 
invisible reality for the eyes of men. Through my de- 
voted service to mankind the Father smiles upon you 
and all other men. Through my unselfish love, the 
Father judges you and forgives your sins. By my 
works, the Father sends his message to you and to all 
the world." For in the impersonal self of Jesus are 
assembled all the resources from above as well as all 
the aspirations of men. In the Christ, God and man 
meet on a common plane. He reveals unto us a Fa- 
ther, suffering and militant; a God, working in our 
mortal flesh, weeping our tears, joining in our strug- 
gles, full of pity for our sins and sorrows; a God, 
lying beside us in our grave in order that he may lessen 
its gloom. This is the Father that Jesus showed to 
Philip and likewise shows to all of us. 

There is still another step to consider in this revela- 
tion of the Father to man. It is important to us to- 
day because it relates to our personal responsibility. 
Following Christ's response to Philip, he added : " He 
that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do 
also, and greater works than these shall he do." After 
his resurrection he told his disciples, that; " Even as 
the Father hath sent me, so send I you." What else 
can this mean but that we are called to show the Fa- 
ther to our fellows, just as Jesus showed him unto us? 
How then may we reveal the Father? In what 
luminous fashion can we, weak and sinful mortals, 
show the Father to the world ? Just as we have noted 
two kinds of revelation in nature, so also can man 
work two kinds of revelation. We can either be mes- 
sengers of the day, or of the night. In the past, and 
also in the present, men by their evil actions have 
filled the world with darkness, and thus hid the vision 
of the Father. When we dispute among ourselves, 
yes, even about lofty things, about religious subjects, 
we veil the face of God. Who can deny that the con- 
troversies between bodies of religious groups have not 
hindered multitudes of men in getting a vision of the 
Father? When we exclude and excommunicate one 
another we fail to clarify his vision, but tend rather to 
becloud what vision there may exist. When we selfish- 
ly enjoy our wealth, our health, even our virtues, as 
though the earth and all that it contains were given us 
in homage for our goodness, and never give a thought 
to our brothers, who hunger, who weep, who debauch 
themselves in sin, we wrap about the Father a veil so 
thick that the world can not behold his face. Every 
time we lie, every time 'we play the hypocrite, every 
time we profane his name, or stoop to that which is im- 
pure, we hide the Father. 

If there is so much obscurity of soul in the world, so 
many impressions of blankness and despair where there 
should be joy and hope, so profound an ignorance of 



God among our present generation, does the fault not 
lie first and foremost with the appointed champions of 
religion? There are too many men of religion, who by 
their spirit of cunning, their avarice, their refinements 
their hypocritical prayers and songs, create a doubt of 
God in their fellow-men. Such men make him hated. 
It is because of such that the name of God is blas- 
phemed among the people of the world. Again, the 
religious pessimist who admits a distant future where 
all wrongs shall be redressed, but does not believe in 
man or that God will in the end purify this world in 
accomplishing his will, he too, no matter how pious he 
is shatters the very columns upon which securely rests 
the faith of the living God. This is the manner in 
which men give a dark revelation of God. 

On the other hand, we find an increasing multitude of 
men, who have heard Jesus say to them: " I have need 
of thee to reveal the Father to thy fellows." Again, 
he says : " Be my eyes for the contemplation of their 
sorrows. Be my hands for touching those who go 
astray. Permit me to reveal the Father's holy will 
through thy actions." These men go about their daily 
tasks quietly and modestly. They bear patiently the 
burdens of their life and here and there find oppor- 
tunity to even help lighten the burdens of their fellows. 
Their presence cheers those who come into their com- 
pany. With loving hearts, they lift the fallen, and in- 
spire those who are discouraged. Even though their 
tasks are menial, they fill it with such a full measure 
of God's love that all men can behold the Father in the 
task. These are the men who feed the hungry, clothe 
the naked, visit the sick, give drink unto those who 
are athirst, entertain the stranger, without recompense 
or reward in this life. They reveal the Father not so 
much by what they do, but by the manner in which 
they do it. They live up to the good for which they 
have a capacity, and thus are showing the Father unto 
all they meet. 

Let all of us, who have accepted the name of Christ, 
be mindful lest we might becloud the vision of the 
Father, rather than help to show him more clearly to 
the world. Let us, anew, take cognition of the fact, 
that we either show the Father, or we hide him, by the 
words we speak, by the manner of our actions, by the 
degree to which we are unselfish. Let us recognize 
that it is not the church tenets we embrace, nor the 
ordinances we observe, nor yet the traditions which we 
cherish, excepting as they give us poise and strength 
to do his will, that reveal the Father; but that the 
degree to which we love our brethren, shows the Fa- 
ther to the world. Let us blend our lives so completely 
into the life of Jesus of Nazareth, in and through his 
grace, that by our daily walk in life we will show the 
Father's love, justice and glory to sinners on every' 
hand. In such a life we will find our greatest joy. 
By such a life of whole-hearted consecration we will 
usher out this era of sickness, pain and sorrow; and 
will usher in a new era of peace, joy and eternal life 
in the presence of the Father, through his Son. 
Brooklyn, N. Y. 



Plumbline Preaching 

BY I. B. NISWANDER 

When the Lord called Amos to go and preach to 
Israel he gave him a vision. Israel had already escaped 
punishment for wickedness several times, through the 
intercession of Amos, and now the Lord is sending 
him to preach to Israel. Through this vision of the 
plumbline, he is illustrating to him the nature of the 
message and the manner of its delivery. The Lord 
may have warned Amos of the opposition he might 
expect to meet, the same as our Savior warned his 
disciples when he sent them forth. Nevertheless the 
Lord told him to go and preach according to the plumb- 
line which he was going to set up in Israel. We find 
that Amos did meet with opposition, one of the priests 
even complained to the king and advised that Amos be 
sent away. The priest also had a personal interview 
with him and requested him to go back home and 
preach to his own people. 

May it be possible that such conditions exist today? 
And the people prefer following the ways of the world, 
rather than be guided by gospel plumbline preaching? 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 4, 1928 



71 



Some of us no doubt remember the old broadax of our 
fathers' time, and how necessary it was to hew to the 
line, if a straight piece of timber was to be obtained. 

No doubt the Christian world of today, the Church 
of the Brethren included, would profit by having this 
gospel broadax and plumbline applied, since we might 
possibly find some ugly lumps falling outside the 
line, and it would be necessary to hew them off in 
order that we might attain to straight Christian service. 
Yes, give us more of the fearless plumbline preachers ! 

La Verm, Calif. 



HOME AND FAMILY 



She Traveled Down the Valley Road 

Written by Mrs. Myra Welch in memory of her mother, 
Mary Brooks. 

She traveled down the valley road, 

With feeble step and slow ; 
She traveled down the valley road. 

But ne'er alone did go— 
For where the shadows deepest lie 

The Shepherd waited near 
With rod and staff to comfort her 

And she had nought to fear. 

She traveled down the valley road, 

And e'en across the sea. 
The waves were rolling wide and high 
•- But ne'er alone went she. 

We could not see the boatman pale 

For mists along the shore 
Were hanging low, we only heard 

The dipping of his oar. 

She traveled down the valley road, 

And sorrowing we did go 
About our homely daily tasks, 

But oh, we miss her so! 
We miss her cheerful, smiling face, 

Her step outside the door; 
And as the weeks and months go by 

We'll miss her more and more. 

But they who take the valley road 

Need pass that way no more. 
We're glad the silver cord was loosed, 

Her suffering is o'er. 
We're glad the snowy angel band 

Has borne her soul away. 
She can not come again, but wc 

Can go to her some day. 
La Verne, Calif. 



is the desire for personal gains. He has learned that 
by lying down on the floor, kicking, and screaming he 
usually gets what he desires. Rather than to let him 
create a family row and " those awful scenes" he gets 
his own way. The child soon learns (for these chil- 
dren are by no means dull) how to enforce his will. Is 
it any wonder, when he so easily accomplishes his de- 
sire? 

(6) It sometimes happens that the cause of these 
outbursts is nothing more or less than a craving to 
occupy the center of the stage. It is a universal char- 
\ six causes. (I)'They may he because of ill health acteristic to want to attract attention in one way or 
due to disease; (2) they may be due to malnutrition; nnother. Let the parent refuse to allow his attention 
(3) to fatigue that comes when the body is unable to to ne attracted by these antics, and thus show the child 
meet the demands of school or play; (4) to the enr that he can not gain notice in this way. Provide for 
vironment, with fine examples of tantrums in father him some more acceptable way to attract attention, 
or mother; (5) they may be for personal gains, which and so win approbation, instead of the disapproving 
he has fotind by experience will come if he persists attention that he gains by means of tantrums. The 



But if they do occur they must certainly be dealt with, 
and that quickly and effectively. If taken in the early 
stage a cure for tantrums is very simple and effective." 

Now we are all agreed that if tantrums can be 
avoided it is worth our time and effort to find the 
method. If they can be cured we certainly will try 
to find the proper remedy, for everybody dislikes and 
dreads that unpleasant manifestation of temper. It is 
a grave problem for many parents. 

What shall the remedy be? A careful study will 
show that tantrums may be due to any of the follow- 









Temper Tantrums 

BY LULA R. TINKLE 

A mother asks : " Is my child having a tantrum 
when he stamps his feet, screams, or holds his breath?" 
Yes, these are outstanding manifestations of tantrums. 
" Temper tantrum " may be defined as any manifesta- 
tion of anger in which a child indulges, especially if it 
is brought about without justification. 

The child in a tantrum may pull his hair, kick, or 
do his best to hurt the person near him, especially those 
whom he holds responsible for the thwarting of his 
will. He may throw himself on the floor in a fit of 
rage, bang his head, or scratch his face, if he has 
reason to believe that such self-inflicted injury will 
serve a useful purpose in bringing his mother or nurse 
to terms ! He may even hold his breath until he begin 
to turn blue in the face, a recourse which seldom fails 
to bring the parent to the rescue, as it is terrifying 
to anyone who does not know how impossible it is for a 
child to do himself a bit of harm in this way. Any 
child may give way to these manifestations of wrath 
in a moderate degree, but it is abnormal for a young- 
ster to indulge in them either frequently or to a marked 
degree. If he has tantrums regularly, often, and on 
slight provocation, something is wrong, either with the 
child himself, or with his surroundings. In either case 
something needs to be done. 

In a recent address, Dr. Garry C. Myers, Certified 
Consulting Psychologist, of Cleveland, answering the 
question, " How can tantrums be cured?"' said: " Don't 
let them occur. Tantrums in children ought to be 
very rare. They can be if rightly understood and 
managed. The wise parent can usually foresee these 
coming events and with judgment and skill avoid them. 



long enough ; (6) they may be due to a desire to at- 
tract attention, which is normal in every child, mani- 
fested in various ways. 

Let us looI< carefully at these six causes. (1) If the 
child has ill health, perhaps due to bad tonsils or ade- 
noids, or decayed teeth, or whatever the ailment, the 
best physician for children's diseases should be con- 
sulted.' No scientific solution of the difficulty is to be 
looked for until the physical defects are removed. 

(2) The under nourished child, or the overfed 
child is not normal. He does not look normal, he does 
not feel normal, and he certainly can not act normally. 
In the present day there is little excuse for malnutri- 
tion in children. There are so many excellent books 
and magazines written by food specialists, which are 
how available. These our grandmothers did not have. 
The modern methods of scientific feeding of children 
are certainly proving their worth in the rapid decrease 
of infant death rates. The bulletins on " Child Care" 
and " Infant Care " published by The Children's 
Bureau, U. S. Dept. of Labor, Washington. D. C, for 
free distribution are very helpful. A recent book 
called, " Diet for Children," by Lula Hunt Peters, pub- 
lished by Dodd, Mead & Co., New York City, is a very 
excellent book for practical home use. Proper diet 
as a requisite to good health deserves our best thought 
and plans, for on good health depend character and 
disposition. For a number of years the scientific feed- 
ing and treatment of hogs, cattle, sheep and chickens 
has attracted much attention. It is gratifying to notice 
that at the present day the care and feeding of chil- 
dren occupies the prominent place in magazines and 
lectures. In a recent Farmers' Institute program I 
notice there were nine lectures on child management 
and care. Those who are still satisfied with the " meat 
and gravy diet " for growing children need an awak- 
ening, because they are robbing their children of whole- 
some diet, one of the things that so vitally affect health 
and happiness in later years as well as in childhood. 

(3) Fatigue in children is often overlooked. Plenty 
of rest and sleep is essential for a good disposition. 
Child psychologists tell us that a child should have a 
rest period some time during each day until he reaches 
school age. Very often children show beautiful dis- 
positions the whole day through until evening. Then 
under the strain of fatigue their tired bodies and 
jangled nerves give way to temper tantrums. Perhaps 
the only " discipline " called for in such a case is an 
hour's rest and relaxation; thus giving the little fellow 
a chance to recover his mental and emotional balance. 
A sharp hasty punishment of a tired out, exhausted 
little body, when what is needed is rest for its over- 
wrought nerves, is pretty small business. 

(4) Tantrums are often (to the shame of us par- 
ents) a child's imitation of his father's or mother's 
reaction to a disagreeable situation. The father who 
swears, inaudibly though he thinks, the mother who 
shouts at her children whenever she is excited ; the 
nurse who nags, none of these need be surprised when 
the boy or girl gives a very lifelike rendering of the 
model. Haven't you heard parents say in the pres- 
ence of their children, "I just felt like screaming"? 
Yes, adults have tantrums, and they are reflected in 
their children— not inherited. In such a case the pre- 
scription must be taken by the parent, not the child. 

(5) Perhaps the most common cause for a tantrum 



child who is satisfying bis desires in an interesting, 
absorbing piece of construction work or art, will have 
little time or desire for such unprofitable and unsatis- 
fying exercises as tantrums. 

But suppose all these causes have, as far as possible, 
been removed, and the child still has tantrums. What 
shall we do? First of all, show no alarm or concern 
about the violent exertions he is undergoing. His 
performances will not prove harmful physically. Then 
it must be proved to him that he will gain nothing from 
a repetition nf his performance. Dr. Myers says: 
" With small children, one to three years, I have found 
that tt genuine spanking is the must effective if taken in 
the early stage Let it be a quick surprise. But in no 
case should it be given just to give vent to your own 
wrath. Usually one spanking that leaves a lasting 
stinging sensation i~ enough to effect the cure. But 
corporal punishment with children over five years is 
very ineffective and should seldom be used." 

Mary was six years old when she visited her aunt. 
When her request for more cherries was refused, be- 
cause more would nut lit' good for her, she immediately 
tried her tactics. She kicked, she screamed, and pulled 
her hair. Auntie very calmly, but quickly, stooped and 
took off Mary's shoes, and before the offender knew 
what was being planned her clothes were off and on 
went her night gown. The aunt then explained that 
, when Mary had taken a long rest she would feel better 
and would perhaps be able to eat a light supper, such 
as sick folks have, which she would serve on a tray 
at the bed. It was two weeks before one of those old 
daily tantrums occurred again. The same treatment 
was again applied. That was the end of tantrums for 
Mary. There was no horrified audience to witness, 
and nothing to be gained, so why should she try it 
again. 

Plymouth, IVis. 

■ • i 

Why Do Not We? 

BY GRACE HILICMAN MILLER 

" Thanks so much for your note of appreciation, it 
came just at a time when I needed help and you will 
never know just how far-reaching your kind words 
were," said a Daily Vacation Bible School superin- 
tendent to a mother who bad told her in a note how 
she appreciated the good points about her work. 

" Why do nut we express words of appreciation 
oftener?" asked an observer, especially to the unselfish 
workers who do their best and seldom hear any com- 
ments — except those which inform them of some mis- 
take they have made. " Yes, why do not we?" 

La Verne, Calif. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-February 4 



1928 



[T ImONG THE CH URCHES|| 

Calendar for Sunday, February 5 

S„„d.y-.choo> L...C, Jesus Misunderstood and Opposed. 
-Mark 3: 19b-35; 6:1-6. c„.v; ( „f the 

Chri.ti.n Worker.' Meeting, Missionary Spin, of 
Early Church. * * * * 

Gains for the Kingdom 

Four baptisms in the Decatur church, 111. 

Eight baptisms in the Fruita church, Colo. 

Four baptisms in the White Hill church, Va 

Nine baptisms in the Burnettsvillc church. Ind. 

One baptism in the Eagle Creek church, Ohio. 

One baptism in the Firs, church, Toledo, Ohio. 

Two baptisms in the Falling Spring congregation Pa. 

Twenty baptisms in the Maple Avenue mission, Oh.o. 

^Twere baptized and one reinstated in the Ft. Wayne 

Ch ;;::'ba^sms in the Humme,s,o,n church. Spring Creek 

congregation, Pa. 

Ten baptisms in the Williamsburg church. Pa., Bro. Leu 
Garst of Salem, Va, evangelist. 

Two baptisms in the Pleasant View church, Kans, Bro. 
Chas. A. Miller, pastor-evangelist. 

Four baptisms in the Heidelberg church, Pa., Bro. Michael 
Kurtz of Richland, Pa., evangelist. 

Thirty-on. baptisms in the Nappanee church, Ind., Bro. 
Paul Studebaker, pastor-evangelist. 

Seventeen confessions in the Maitland church, Pa., Bro. 
John R. Snyder of Tyrone, Pa., evangelist. 

Sixteen were born into the Kingdom, Pleasant Hill church, 
Pa Bro H. S. Replogle of Oaks, Pa, evangelist. 

Twenty-one conversions in the Huntington City church 

lZ Z Ruben Boomershine of Sidney, Ohio, evangelist. 

Seven were baptized and one reclaimed in the church at 

Rifely, Md, Bro. H. H. Nye of Elizabethtown, Pa, evan- 

" Fi™ reclaimed and seven baptized in the Middletown 
church. Ohio, Bro. H. M. Coppock of Tippecanoe City, 
Ohio, evangelist. 

Fifteen were baptized, three received on former baptism 

and two await the rite in the New Carlisle church, Oh.o, 

Bro. H. H. Helman of Elgin, 111, evangelist. 

* * * * 

Our Evangelists 

Will you share >h t bunt™ which to. laborer, c.rry? Will you 
W.ll you *<"" vTiy , or lhc ,„ c „, | lhts e m«nr.B.? 

Bro. J. I. Byler of Kent, Ohio, to begin Feb. 5 in the 
Maple Avenue mission, Canton, Ohio. 

Bro. J. A. Robin.on of Pleasant Hill, Ohio, to begin Feb. 
13 at the Brick house, Nettle Creek church, Ind. 
+ * * * 
Personal Mention 
Bro G L Wine, pastor of the Mount Morris church, will 
preach the dedicatory sermon at 11 A. M, at the dedication 
services of the Lena church of Northern Illinois. Feb. 5. 
In the afternoon Bro. J. E. Miller. S. S. Editor, w.ll speak, 
and President W. W. Peters of Mount Morris College in 
the evening. Dinner will be served in the basement at noon. 
A cordial invitation is extended to all. 

Bro Wm. E. Thomp.on, pastor of the Polo church. Ill, 
writes us very encouragingly of the work at that place. 
The remodeling of the church basement which is to include 
the installation of new furnaces, is now in progress. Two 
new rooms have been added to the parsonage. Other im- 
provements are to be made. "We surely appreciate,' says 
the pastor's letter, " the splendid way in which the folks 
respond to the call to service." 

Bro. W. B. Stover informs us that he is now speaking 
everv Monday evening, 6 to 6:30, over radio station KVL 
(202 6) Seattle, Wash. The half hour begins and ends with 
music by the family and prayer. The station is under the 
auspices of the Religious Educational Workers' Association 
of which Bro. Stover has been chosen Vice President. If 
you listen in and can hear at all a card with suggestions 
would be appreciated. Replies have been received from 
Southern California and Chicago. Address, 130 N. Seventy- 
eighth Street. 

"Sin and Evil" is the title of a neat fifty-fivc-page book- 
let by H. E. Gehman of Ephrata, Pa, published by the 
Evangelical Press of Harrisburg, Pa. It is the old problem 
of the origin and meaning of evil which is treated in this 
hook and the treatment seems to us very sane and really 
helpful. The main contention of the author is that sin and 
evil, though a very present fact in the world, are not 
properly regarded as entities in themselves, being merely 
the negation of the right and good. Just as cold is not a 
true entity but only a result of the want of heat, so is it 
with sin and evil. Attention to this point of view would 



and well worth a careful reading. 

In Bro J H Moore's article on "John's Baptism" in our 

In Bro. J. tl. m fourlh , ine (rora ,he 

ssue for Jan. 21, page *-, ">»>■ ■,,„,:„ We regret 

° £ B t "TN^in^, Director of the National Home 

Tn^elJ^ZLJ by, he subtitle ^Directory £ 
r^l^^-br^ine^Vovedup 
,Tjan 1928. The purpose of the Counc, . "to ere . 
'ethical' business practices and sound educational standards 
within the home study field. 

R„ G E Yoder, pastor of the New Carlisle church of 
Sou 2™ Ohio wrote us an interesting letter from Colum- 
bus here he was attending the Ohio Pastors' Conference. 
But hotter was mostly about the recent evange s ,c 
meetings conducted in his church by Bro. H. H. Helman 
He" especially appreciated the type of sermons ;u cd. They 
were not " the ordinary run of evangelistic sermons. They 
X" sermons large.y that might be used a, an, ■ regu to 
service of the church, but had to do with though s that per- 
tain to salvation and Christian living." Bro. Yoder spoke 
approvingly of .he absence of what he called "evangelistic 
ITir and excitement.". He said. "Such a meeting fits into 
the pastoral program in a fine way. 
4, •> * * 

Miscellaneous Items 
The "Church Bulletin" for January, speaking of "things 
that will happen in 1928." says that "if you live one day 
a a t me you will ge. to the end of the year just as soon 
^d wmnot be all tired out." This shows how they -tack 
at matters at Elkhart, Ind, where Bro. Wm. Kinsey 
pastor. 

One reader .ays, " Too much can no. he said in its favor, 
speaking of the "Messenger." That is putting it a little 
strong, perhaps, but she is now in her **«*£-. £ 
has "read .he church paper for over fifty year. He 
judgment is well seasoned with experience. If she find 
on« .hings "I don', understand " she leaves that par. 
for those who like it-another sign of her good judgment. 
A .light inaccuracy in the last paragraph of "An Evan- 
gelistic Trip to the Northwest" in the " Messenger for 
Jan 21 page 43, has been called to our attention What 
he writer doubtless meant was that Kalispell is the only 
Montana church belonging to the District of «ah° *nd 
Western Montana. There are three other churches n 
• Northeastern Montana. Grandview, Poplar Valley and M.Ik 
River Valley, which belong to the District of North Dakota 
and Eastern Montana. 



"To me it wa. especially good," says one reader, re- 
ferring to the issue of Jan. 14, and adds, ■ I reread some o 
the articles. Could we not have more contr.but.ons from 
the women of the church?" 

* * * * 






Special Notices 



Imagine a World Without Christ 

In the days of the Ammonites the old brass 
god Molech was made fiery hot and then innocent 
little children were burned in his arms. 1 he 
worshipers knew not of Christ. 

When men war and with fiendish hate, kill 
until the hell they create runs red with blood, 
Christ does not sanction. 

Christ is either not known or loved when men 
steal, lie, cheat, commil adultery and make their 
bodies temples of evil. 

The church stands as a lighthouse with rays of 
light shining afar to guide the destiny of men. 
The Church of the Brethren in Annual Meeting 
session approved a program of work to cos. 
$408,300 for the fiscal year closing Feb. ZV, 
1928. 

This announcement is lo call every congregation 
to its duty to send its portion before 
the end of the month lo Clyde M. 
Culp, Treasurer, Elgin, 111. 
Keep the Lamps Burning 
Our lighthouses have been built 
America and in foreign lands. 
The radiance from them has 
guided many men in safety. 
Keep the lamps replenished 
with oil so ihe light of 
Christ can shine. 

"In him runs life 
and the life rnus the 
light of men ' 
(John 1 
4). 




A p..t.r i. wanted for two rural churches in N°rthwest-: 
ern Ohio, .en miles apart. For particulars write Jay F. 
Hornish, Defiance, Ohio. 

To .he cburche. of Middle Pennsylvania: All queries re- 
ports and matter of any kind intended for the coming DIS- 
SS Meeting, should be in the bands of the Secretary no, 
later than. Feb. 24, in order to appear in the program. 
J. C. Swigart, Secretary, Mat.awana, Pa. 

Tb. Appanoose church, a rural congregation of North-- 
eastern Kansas with a membership of about one hundred 
and forty, is looking for a full time pastor. "A wide open 
ana splendid field. A mighty good place for a : gooc I man to 
Ll on a constructive program," says Bro. Geo. R. EH er. 
to. elder-in-charge. Responses to this notice should he 
addressed to E. D. Flory, Overbrook, Kans. 

"Jeva Help. Hi. People" is an India missionary play 
containing four scenes presenting ru,al Iota oday and 
her response to the Christian missionary. The scenes 
full of suspense, pathos and love. No elaborate stage equ.p- 
n n". required The participants should be dressed m 
Ma costumes which are very simple and can easily be 
made. The play will be found helpful to the,1928 BY. P. D. 
missionary pro,ect, " Evangelism ,n India. In the B^ Y. 
P D. Mission Study Course "Jeva Helps His People 
would fit in nicely as the pageant for March 25 ft« 
cents. Twelve speaking parts, seven male five female. 
Others may be used-General Mission Board, Elgin, 111. 

Readers of the " Me.senger " perhaps noticed a program 
for a regional conference of church workers at the Mc- 
pherson church, McPherson, Kans, Feb. 15, 16, and 17. 
We desire to urge a good representation from the various 
Districts of the region in which this conference is he d. 
We feel that it is exceedingly important that Mission Board 
Ministerial Board members, pastors, and lay leaders attend 
.his conference for it is to be an attempt to analyze our 
problems in this western region and to work out some 
definite plans for improving conditions. Lodging will be 
p ovided free in the homes of the Brethren and meals w... 
be provided as cheaply as possible. A number hav e a ready 
indicated to us that they will be present. We would appre- 
ciate it if others would do so in order that we may mak 
arrangements for their entertainment. I. would be a good 
investment for congregations if they would send their pas 
tors to this conference.— J. J. Yoder. 

The Churches' Responsibility to Bethany. When Bethany 
was taken over by Annual Conference it was deeded that 
he support should come from freewill offerings by indi- 
viduals and churches. Immediately many individuals ; who 
Had been loyal supporters of the school seemed to dec.de 
now that the school is owned and controlled by the whole 
Brotherhood the church will support it On the other hand 
churches felt that since individuals had been supporting 
the school in the past they would continue to do so The 
result is that because of these attitudes Bethany is suffer,, g 
Bethany can not charge tuition to get her support and she 
has very little income from endowment; consequently she 
must depend upon individuals and churches for sustenance 
as Conference foresaw. Less than half of the local choreic- 
have given anything this year to the school s support Less 
than" one-sixth of the amount asked for according to the 
plan approved by Annual Conference has been paid an 
seven months of the school year have already passed What 
shall be done? Since the responsibility rests on both in- 
dividuals and churches it is hoped that this appeal in Ins 
time of urgent need will not be overlooked. Any Sunday- 
school class or Aid Society sending in funds ^should supply 
the name of their local church in order that due cred.t 
may be given.-Frank.N. Sargent, Financial Secretary. 



Mission Receipts for Friday, January 27 

SuES. .Sto ™k" i7bc .elected un.i. . round o, the bu„„e„ 
days of the week is reported. 
Okaw, 111, 18.24 for World-wide. 
Decatur, 111, $5.47 for World-wide. 
Seneca, Fla, $3.79 for World-wide. 
Ridge, Pa, $15 for India Share Plan. 
Salem, la, $13 for Junior League— 1927. 
Sangerville, Va, $15.32 for World-wide. 
Cherry Grove, Md, $10 for World-Wide. 
Meadow Branch, Md, $180 for World-wide. 
' Mechanicburg, Pa, $7.37 for World-wide. 
Pipe Creek, Md, $25 for China Share Plan. 
Tacoma, Wash, $20 for Conference Budget. 
Haxtun, Colo, $18.50 for Junior League— 1927 
Fairview, Ind, $35 for India Boarding School. 
Plea.ant View, Md, $1 for Junior League— 1927. 
Buck Creek, Ind, $129 for support of Nettie B. Summer. 
Twenty-eighth Street, Altoona, Pa, $25.41 for Home Mis- 
sions; $50 for World-wide. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 4, 1928 



73 



^ToUNP THE WORLD~Jj 




Death of » Builder 

, ■ r.« George W. Goethals, popularly known as the 

t? « ihe Panama Canal, was buried at West Point, 

S"f n the cemetery of the United States Military 

N - I" An Tan 24 This was according to his last wish, 

fftTwil be remembered for peace time victories though 

„ rests in warlike company. His name ,s inseparably 

I k a S wi „ one of the most constructive pieces of work 

to T American na.ion _ has eyer under taken. 

Found in a Lawyer'. Will 

a rnminent Chicago attorney who had over $600,000 to 

A promment uu« following adv.ee 

t ml vT" —lend' to my' children that they ob- 
"- ^ the use of whatever they may = *- 

fmete and eon'om a^Ctheir expenses well with- 
prudence anu c ,, ro vide aga nst emergencies or 

hev receive from me invested in sound revenue producing 
they receive. ^ b( , exDcnde0 . 

f CU [ at S 'mv hildren to live earnestly, honorably, indus- 
' ■ , dMiarg mg "very duty to each other and to man- 
li„°d U fait y affectionate among themselves, and de- 
v " , y r v i/g and serving God and their country. 



A New Botanical Garden 
A new botanical garden, conceived on a truly western 
1 is to be developed within the far-flung I.nuts of the 
scale, s to be de p ^.^ o{ & ^ of 

ran only be grown under glass in tne S'"i 

garden" of suS eastern cities as Boston and New York 

college of agriculture of the University of Calitorma. Ur 
Merrill savs "The botanical garden is planned on a broad 
i even ually to cover all fields of plant science The 
fled covers no, only the semi-arid, temperate and sub- 
tropical regions of the world, but also the humid, sub 
op and* even some tropical areas as well, because local 
Sons are such that the element °< humidity may be 
altered at will by supplying or withholding water. 



The Effect, of Alcohol 
What, in brief, are the effects of alcohol on parents and 
their offspring? Ballentyne, a distinguished Scotchman 
oMarge experience on the subject of P-*- 
notes the following-. "The parents are less fertile The 
offspring have less vigor. They tend to die in infancy 
They have a high proportion ol developmental defects 
especially of the brain and nerves of special 1 sen .._ They 
have an unusual a mount of epilepsy and amentia. 

Wealth »nd Trouble in Nicaragua 
"Nicaragua and the United States, 1909.1927," is the title 
of a very recent 200 page study published by the Wor 
Peace Foundation. From this publication he , „ lader may 
learn that Nicaragua is in area the largest of the Centra 
American republics. But even more significant is the fact 
fhTt commercially and from a military standpoint Nicara- 
gua ecupies one" of the key points in the Western hem- 
sphere. But its physical relation is at once a some o 
wealth and weakness-of wealth because its lands have 
i.e value and of weakness because this invites political 
and economic problems which the people are no. fully pre- 
pared to meet Specifically, the relation between wealth 
and trouble is summed up as follows-. - Bu, the real reason 
or Nicaragua's plight is to be found ,n its str atepc Po- 
tion and its possession of certain sources o wealth tha 
at, act the adventurer; in its location within a physical 
irnatc environment tha. favors neglect and ?*>«*» 
on the part of outside agencies; and in the character of 
Us p opl" Thus the situation presented in Nicaragua , 
not a new one. It presents jus. another example of the 
pr ob,em created when backward people, a^o. 

Tu^TXZTJ*; voung or incompetent heirs 
come into possession of a great fortune. 



THE QUIET HOUR 




Weekly Devotional MeetiDB Or for 
Private Meditation. 



Valentine Day 
Valentine Day is one of those d; 



American Parks 

The Playground and Recreation Association of ; America 
has made a two year study of city parks and forests m 
the United States. This survey has . treated that over 
$1,000,000,000 has been spent by the ctt.es of the country 
to purchase and equip municipal parks. The annual up 
keep is not less than $100,000,000. The parte ; and foists 
reported by 1,681 municipalities total about 2S0O00 acre.. 
New York City has 10,778 acres in parks and has the 
Sp.t park area of any city in the Untied States w, hi, 
its municipal boundaries. This is at the rate °« »e acre 
of park space to 553 persons. Ot our largest cities Phila- 
delphia makes the best showing on the per capita park 

acreage basis. Some of the smaller western cities have the 

largest parks though not generally within their boundaries. 

Thus most of the 6,000 acre park system of Boulder, Colo.. 

is outside of the city limits. Incidentally Boulder lead 

the list of American cities with park space at the rate o. 

one acre for every two inhabitants. Phoenix, Am has 

the largest outlying park-Mountain Park-w.tl. 1S,UoU 
* acres. With the growth of cities parks and forests have 
i taken on new importance. For it is only thus that bits 

of God's beautiful world can be preserved for the benefit 

of the average city man. 

Sensational Journalism 

It is to be hoped that the average reader is getting to 
the point where he will take sensational journalism at its 
proper discount. Big news has a definite dollar and cents 
value to the newspaper and the news magazme-so great 
in fact that occasionally and even for some sinister end 
some one manufactures a bit of what seems to be b.g 
news. "An example that bids fair to become a classic in 
the annals of American journalism was perpetrated re- 
cently with a bunch of forged Mexican documents as the 
starting point. Let the average reader take the big head- 
line stuff with a grain of salt. It may or may not be 
important news. For at the best it is no more than what 
the man who writes the headlines considers to be the big 
news; while at the worst it may be nothing more than 
a more or less hysterical effort to attract pennies or serve 
some personal end. For who has not had the experience 
Of trying in vain to trace a relation between newspaper 
headlines and the facts of the story as printed? Occa- 
sionally the headlines miss the facts a mile— though gen- 
erally they are fairly reliable. And so we return to our 
first thought— it is to be hoped that the average reader is 
getting to the point where he can take his daily portion 
of sensational journalism without losing his head. 



hich have caught 
Jtnc^he genera,;^ E hnsheU ol valentines 
now f« safe in the five and ten cent stores arc any criterion 
of popular interest. But shall the influence of the day be 
left to the direction of commercial interests, or shall be 
used to call auention .o .he deeper mean ng .of those 
scn » ime „,s we so lightly -a, on -^"ifa 

i, sufficient compensation tor anj sacimc 

? vl o cha arte The constant demand for sym- 

fruitage of religion. _ 



The Ministry of the Church 

1 The... 5: 11-23 
For the Week Beginning Feb. 12 
KNOW THEM THAT LABOR AMONG YOU AND ARE 
OVER YOU IN THE LORD 

The shepherd must live with his flock. He must let 
himself be known. Foremost of all he must be free from 
hypocrisy and double dealing. Like his Master, he must 
live and teach "openly before the world. 

Laymen should seek to know their minister. Let hasty 
criticism give place to an effort .0 unde "^J*"^' 
and understanding will do much to solve our present mm 
isterial problem (John K) : 14, 15 ; 2 Tun. 2: 19). 
ESTEEM THEM VERY HIGHLY IN LOVE FOR 
THEIR WORK'S SAKE 
When you esteem a minister of God you are not giving 

honor to men; you are merely placing your own life so 

that God can touch it through him. 

Let ministers remember the words, for their work 

sake" All esteem that comes our way ,s for the sake of 

--r^ec^^^^TtoTS 

gratitude ami consecration wunin . 

10: 41). 

BE AT PEACE AMONG YOURSELVES 

A divided church is deaf to the truth. A minister em- 
broiled in faction can not see nor proclaim the truth 
clea y- A united and peaceful church is an essential [basts 
for an effective ministry (John 17: 21; Matt. 9: 36-38). 
WARN . . . COMFORT . . SUPPORT . . . 
BE PATIENT 
A minister must know "his man." The needs of human 
life are manifold. The Gospel we proclaim has a satis 
ction for every one of these needs. For the unruly 
warning- for the faint-hearted, comfort; for the weak 

r;:;. 8 ; patience. ^ « >. «*.! .?«— ,r 

know men as well as his message (John 21. 15 17, 

Cor " 3t '' 2) ' DISCUSSION 

What is the layman's responsibility in our present mm 
isterial problems? , 

How can he help develop a strong ministry. 

R. H. M. 









J„,tice May Be Swift or Slow 

to the newspapers. At this to 8 

-.ely away far «»« "" » *» " £" =„, Tas " „„"„ into 

handled m «CO'd ™e_ ^"tn Meanwhile some other 

eclipse and he is all but f«S°» cn ' remi „ders 

cases drag on through the courts as e y , 

of an archaic judicial system ."^ £«£ 

turned into a paying system and others have deve P 

resulted in tne coaming „,.timi for the criminal 

seem more like a rest P™^« <° n<?ed „ f 

rither than a punishment, thus tncre e 
„ a ew C pena„ies_ P pena.,es suited to the spectal needle 
criminal and the security of society. It is our 
Srtttn^^VCnrt Ashmen, so 



long as it can be used to bring men to their proper senses^ 
nd to. there is no reason to liberate those who do not 
and that there is ^ tarn lo a 

give every evidence bat they ca . $ 

French and American Note. 

At this writing the exchange of notes between Secretary 

kLZ a nd Foreign Minister Briand has seemingly come 

Kellogg ana ruici b ' .,, ,i„ rl Althoueh such 

something more concre < m the way ofjesu ^ ^ 
indications are that France anfl . 



Concerning Capital Puni.hmeot 
Some weeks ago the State of New York recuire d «h. 

dcath penalty of *J «* "^ ^ haie 'paid the 
commonwealth. All 01 t vm marned 

supreme penalty in the State of N ^ Mrs 

and all were mothers. The I s < • y her 

Mar Thi,'| H r 8 . '.7 '"b: "..nerrenters the significant 
own child, n ibi/. i measures as 

possibility I''"""- developed in the course of a few 
capital punishment. It deveiope innocen , w oman. who 

^ocr^=i s ^rt 

te „ i» a 1. 10 ["^J™ and much more humanely 
hJL are permanently and securely restrained. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-February 4, 



1928 



74 



The New Loyalty 

(Continued From Pae= «> 

as they express in our hearts me e I 

1 be a recognition of the great spintnal reality of 
the e^erienceLhe new birth. The form wdl symbol- 
ize the regeneration of the heart. 

In the midst of a process «<*™r>™£** 
ourselves : " Whither are we gang? Tta tune is at 
tend for us to define the program and task of the 
Church of me Brethren. When old standards are 
passing we must give a new interpretation to loyalt • 
We must anchor ourselves and define our policy. Loy- 
alty in the future will mean loyalty to principle When 
1 think of the great principles of our church, purity 
of the home, peace through the spirit of brotherhood, 
the doctrine of simple and sensible living, temperance 
in all things, the Golden Rule in business, stewardship 
of life and possessions, humility, service, fellowship, 
sacrifice, and the 'new birth, I feel a challenge to dedi- 
cate all the powers of my mind and heart toward 
propagating these principles. There is no great moral 
issue of civilization that is not embodied in our pnno- 

P The church of the future has unlimited possibilities. 
These doctrines are all essential in establishing the rule 
of Christ in the world. There is no field of service 
that will challenge a young man more than to preach 
and teach such an invincible gospel. The church must 
shine again with the lustre of prophecy. If we exalt 
principles so that our people see the jewels that we 
have they will contribute both men and money in 
measures beyond our dreams. The new loyalty is a 
loyalty to principles and the most effective methods 
of exalting and propagating these principles. 

Experimenting With Ideals 

(Continued From Page 671 

cr. For it is his life, even more than his sayings, that 
embody his real life principles. 

Instance the scene at the Last Supper as Luke re- 
cords it In the midst of those final beautiful hours, 
so rare and yet so full of tragedy, the disciples were 
'squabbling about who should be the greatest. Jesus 
quietly interjected these words as they quarrelled: 
•' He who would be greatest among you shall be servant 
of all " Here indeed was a question for discussion. 
Did Jesus lead them off on the topic, " The Meaning 
of Leadership." " How to Be Successful," or the like 
No The disciples needed a direct experiment in and 
practical application of that principle. Jesus, stooping 
down filled a basin with water and washed the feet 
of each follower. What a dramatic personalizing of 
the abstract statement: " He that is chief, as he that 
doth serve." Throughout his whole life, he taught 
just that way. Except upon certain occasions, it was 
usually a situation which revealed his teaching. He 
thought- then he lived; then he spoke. A law of the 
new educational psychology states: "We do not learn 
that which we do not practice." This sounds ) 



Sixteen young people had formed a ? ™pJ ^ 
discussion of the CI™ ideaK m ra« n^ ^ 
What o^ght they do ^^at had wide imphca- 
the subject. Uiej Knew Americas re- 

one race superior? Are we biologically different 
races average the same intellige nee? *^ d r a ;f 
originate? But they eot nowhere. 



girl. What significance £«*»»» sdence 

i2) S ^fSKSSt* " Heredity and 

"tour own town? Head James Bryc^RaceSen,- 
" equal rights. 



" African Slave 



, It seemed as if "^^t^i HaTthe 'local negro minister come 

on^ — , — - -;-^ ^OT.ttT£« 

Jo of present day slavery in Africa, ,ust 



r^^s^ex;;^ in the community 
w th their ideals. There was a considerable negro 
: pul^on in the city, a few Chinese aundnes and a 
Japanese restaurant. A number of wild or pious St, 
gestions followed; some were ™P rartl al ' ?*" j™ 
shocking for the natives; some were ,ust ends m them 
s 1 *-flares-with little promise of leading on. Fi- 
nal y these possibilities were chosen as sane and safe 
1 "They could visit the negro school compare equ p- 
ment, methods, etc., with theirs, make friends no 
their interests, abilities, problems. (2 Hey cou 
farrv Christmas baskets to a few poor colored fami.es, 
Hhe n«ds and enter sympathetically into their 
Wes (3) They could invite a few colored young peo- 
pe to he discussion each week and talk on such sub- 
jects as " Athletics," " Modern Y. P. Problems corn- 
par attitudes and standards. (4) They could make 
a survey of the streets, yards, homes o the negro Sec- 
tion. and make a report of needs to the «tv authori- 
ties (5) They could invite the local owner of the 
J panele restaurant to speak to them. some evening 
on Japan's resentment at our unfortunate blunder ng 
Exclusion Act. Upon analysis of 'hese practical 
projects, it was found every one entailed, before com- 
pleted, the actual knowing personally of a number of 
negroes or persons of another color. Of the sixteen 
young people, not one knew a single member of an- 
other race personally. However, they deeded to start 
with number two, for the season was near. Incidental- 
ly they did later carry out number five. The Japanese 
proved to be very friendly, felt honored by the in- 
vitation, and came. It developed into a rich contact 
for later he brought many Japanese wares to the church 
for an exhibit. Meanwhile, project number two was 
revealing many things. It was not necessary to Ue ai 
African missionary to make black friends. 

Experience brought more questions, 
more discussion ; then new projects. C 
families had a boy' at Hampton studying music. Yes, 
they ought to know more about the Negro spirituals— 
how they originated? How many there were? The 
Negro Year Book, edited by Monroe Work, Tuskegee 
gave them hints. There were thousands of spirituals . 
One of America's richest treasures ! Did they have art 
and poetry? Their new poetry magazine Fire was 
just off the press. The folk-play " Porgy," was being 
played in New York by an all-negro cast. One inter- 
esting discovery, one of the group made, was the vari- 
ous types of negro facial features. Formerly, all 
negroes were just equally black. Now a few were 
distinguished, and with this there was real personal in- 
terest Some one ran across Mr. Reiss' pictures of 
Southern negro types, as he studied and reproduced 
them in the January, 1928, Survey Graphic. Race rela- 
tions had now become personal relations. 

With each week now, interest in this group is grow- 
ing. They are planning ultimately to carry out each of 
the five original projects. Discussions are being kept 
alive with material constantly new. Here are some 
other things this group (and your group, too) wil 
likely find worth investigating by experiments in real 
life- (1) What are some of the actual conditions in 



like an old law of many years ago: " He that heareth 
these words and doeth them not." It is the law of 
exercise It demands the practice of what we preach. 



regard to black-white relationships in this country f 
A fine survey of recent incidents can be found in the 
January, 1928, World Tomorrow magazine. Charles, 



topic of present clay siavc y ^. .--.-,. , 

the Journal for Negro History toW^ B ■ 

article on "Racial Con ,ct in A fric a al o ^ 

r==-rSgo"^ story. 

^^^Stte^do^S 
rn^T^^t African Association 

rVn^:r^s , :r::ys^ 

mr^tLtthem i, this task, metnods,of co- 

^Itory and these suggestions (which are only . 
be^Le been given a, P^icalsteps^rca^ 

7- ing , thr f°otr a rac P e r s° S We first musfhave the f**. 
"s° isl s a" notThot that say, " Lord Lord 

Johnson, Jung Lee, Kuziaki, and me? 

New York City. ^ 

Flashlights From History 

BV JNO. S. FLORY 

X The Old German Baptists 
T„r first of the factions to move toward an inde- 
peptization was the Old German ^Bapt^ 

nentf a as y th7od S^ *>~ have 
„ That meant ^X r eW to accept any change in the practice 
One of the poor seen, tney were opposed to the 

or polity of he ^ lurch y ^ ^ begin _ 

PU T°hev we" nev ble to reconcile themselves 
^me^eachmg that appeared in its columns 
At the Annual Conference of 1S57 a rather definite 

hTs a ot Plates by different brethren and sisters 

^th^^cir^nton^ 
a g!in in a way that grieved them ,ust as deeph; J* 
this time a query requesting permission to hold evan 
- servkes that is, protracted meetings of say , 
^tkrwo^s cautiously granted by the Conference 
"th advice 'to be careful and do everything , accord 
to the Scriptures and in harmony with the churc 
At te same meeting was a request for high schoo 
o r academies within the church, and the request We 

""hesftacts led to a petition on the part of th 
element of the church to the Annual Meeting of 186 
ThTv re^stered their opposition to Sunday-schoo 
S£ meetings, *gher education, and^ > 

^^me^n^soeialUtingsin, 






THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 4, 1928 



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lurches. They were still not satisfied with the stand 
he t A had taken on feet-washing. They opposed 
he Annual Meeting's sending committees to local 
churches to adjust difficulties, holding that this should 
be the «ork of adjoining elders. They were also d.s- 
tt sfied with the way the standing committee was se- 
e a d t the Annual Conference. Instead of selecting 
he committee from all the elders present from all the 
ties as was the custom, the Old Order- Brethren de- 
'j red to select six or eight of the oldest elders preset 
from the locality where the Annual Meeting was held. 
The Conference considered this petition with due 
courtesy and framed an answer with a good deal of 
care The Conference of course could not gran any 
of he things the petition had asked for, but it did seek 
thr w safeguards around all of these ...novations 
to were coming into use. This by no means satisfied 
Te Old Order Brethren but they contented themselves 
with this reply for a time. 

Two years later the matter was again before the 
Conference and a committee of three elders was ap- 
posed to make a thorough study intc .the — 
practices of the church and bring a report. The com 
nit ee was D. P. Sayler, Jacob Reiner, and Jame 
Ouinter. This committee worked on the matter for 
feverll years, made a thorough study of the question 
and carried on an extensive correspondence. They 
accumulated a considerable quantity of valuable in- 
formation which they later reported to the Conference. 
In anticipation of the findings of this comm.ttee. the 
contentions of the Old Order Brethren were in abey- 
ance for several years. Meanwhile other things 
• occurred that added to their displeasure. As we have 
seen before, the Far Western Brethren practiced the 
single mode of feet-washing and the Conference o. 
1859 had declared them in full fellowship with the 
church, thus sanctioning their practice. The general 
order of the church, however, except for those Far 
Western Brethren, had been the double mode. Now m 
1877 the Conference authorized the single mode for 
universal observance. This came as a severe grievance 
to the Old Order Brethren. 

In 1879 many of the elders in the M.am, Valley 
of Ohio, where the Old Order sentiment was ex- 
ceptionally strong,, met together and framed a series 
of grievances which they presented m the form of a 
petition to the Conference of 1880. They repeated 
most of the things mentioned in their former petition 
-Sunday-schools, academies, protracted meetings, the 
mode of feet-washing-and added their protest against 
a salaried ministry, or ministers receiving pay for min- 
isterial service. 

This petition was respectfully considered by the 

• Conference. But as it was impossible to grant any of 
the requests, the safeguards urged by the Conference 
report only agitated the question, because the Con- 
. ference had actually given its assent to these practices. 
It was clearly evident to the Old Order Brethren 
now that they could not control the Annual Confer- 
ence, and the only way in which they could carry out 
I their views would be to organize themselves into an 
independent body. They determined, however, to make 
one more petition to the Conference of 1881. Th.s 
they did but received no comfort or consolation, yet 
being treated with all possible courtesy and considera- 
tion, They withdrew and a short time after effected 
an organization of their own. 

They organized under the name Old German Baptist 
Brethren. At first they were by no means a homoge- 
neous body but represented those who were opposed to 
the various changes that had been taking place in the 
church. Some were opposed to one innovation, some 
to another. Probably those who were opposed to all 
the various changes that had taken place in the church 
. were very few, but their defection from one cause or 
another brought them all into one body. 

How many left the church in this movement has 
never been definitely ascertained, but the number was 
probably in the neighborhood of four thousand. In 
some sections as in Ohio and Indiana, considerable con- 
gregations were at once organized. But in many 
places they left in very small bodies or as individuals, 
many of whom were after this without a church home. 
They held their first Annual Meeting in 1882 on 



Whitsuntide at Brookville, Ohio, and .t .s sa.d tha 
they had representatives present from mne States ot 
the union. They have continued to hold their Annual 
Conferences at this season, and I am told, to the pres- 
ent day hold their meetings, as the Brethren once did, 
with a love feast in connection and feeding large num- 
bers of people free of charge. 

Through the years since their organization they 
have gradually dwindled in numbers. They have not 
been able to attract those from the outside, neither 
have they been able to hold their own children^ They 
continue their opposition to higher education. Sunday- 
schools, prayer meetings, evangelistic serv.ces. fore.gn 
and home mission work and all other organ.zed chan- 
ties and philanthropies. 

They are without a program of church work, hve 
for themselves and their families, have no outlook upon 
the world and seem to feel no respons.bil.ty for It. 
This is not true because they are niggardly or miserly 
or wanting in generosity. No one could be more hos- 
pitable than they are in their homes. The.r pubhc 
and private lives are above reproach. The.r s.mple 
worship is reverent and devout. They represent some 
of the finest domestic virtues to be found anywhere. 

What a pity that so much goodness of heart and sin- 
cerity of purpose and tender sympathy and benevo- 
lence all of which this troubled world needs so much 
should go unused and unfelt ! But without a feeling of 
responsibility for others, without a program for re- 
ligious work, without an outlook, or sense of persona 
stewardship, there can be but one result. A lack of 
vision can mean only darkness, and where there .s 
no vision the people perish. 
Bridgewater, Va. 



75 



12-05 Luncheon 1:00. Devotional.-M. G. Cline- 1:1ft 
Sisters Ad Sode.y: (a) First District of Virgins-Mrs. 
EVrnic Faw (b) Sou.hern District of V.rg,n,a.-Mrs W. 
H Peter 1: 30-3:30 Sectional Conferences: (a) Southern 
District Board, 00 First District Boards. (O S.s.ers Aid 
Society, (d) Men's Movement. 

Special Nc-tea 
(11 The above program has been arranged for the needs 
of' he leaders of our local churches. Elders, pastor^ : and 
Sunday-school workers should be in at.endance the ent.re 

"t) Each morning session wi.l begin with a *«** »£ 
gram of twenty minutes. You cannot afford to m„s this 

d "t.t' Societies of the Cloverdale, T— and 
Daleville churches will serve a luncheon each day m the 

YLpentsT" reduced to a minimum Tuition and 
lodging will be free. The only cos. will be meals a. 35 

'T Crush Bus Lines leave Union Bus Terminal, JomoVj. 
as follows: 8:15 A. M., 11:30 A. M., 4:00 P. M., 5:30 
P. M.. 10:00 P. M. Roy D. Boaz. 

Daleville, Va. _ _•-. 




NEFFSVILLE BRETHREN HOME 

We enjoyed a very nice Christmas here at the Home. 
We had quite a few donations which all seemed to enjoy. 
The Gleaners' Sunday-school Class of Lancaster gave seven 
boxes for distribution. The Akron Aid Society gav, , > crate 
of oranges- Mr. and Mrs. Lev. Becker, one era e ol 
„ an MountvHIe gave oysters: and Markleys. vcaf As 

a New Year gift the Gunzenhauser Bakery gave us twenty 

d °Saturd U aTevening before Christmas we had singing by -the 
.White Oak church and a little later a group came from 
Middle Creek and gave us some music. On Chr^mas 
morning twenty-nine young people came from Mountvillc 
To sing for us and conduct our chapel serv.ee which was 
much enjoyed by all. On Monday afternoon Ephra.a reu- 
dered a program. ,. w 

We have ninety-six people including help and all. W 
ask the prayers of all interested in such an ,nst>tut,on .hat 
everything may be done in a way pleasing to God 

Mr and Mrs. A. H. Holfcr, 

Neffsville, Pa. 



RACE BETTERMENT CONFERENCE 

The Third Race Betterment Conference has just come to 
a lose and wi.l convene in Battle Creek next year. The 
■br T H Kellogg Sanitarium was the place of meeting; 
I ! Kellogg alsolcing mainly responsible for* . begmnmg. 
\mple room is found in which to conduct such a gathering. 
The Purpose is to bring together a group of leading s n^ 
tists educators and o.hers for the purpose o d.scuss ng 
way and means of applying science «o human living ;» Mta 
„, thoroughgoing way that it is now apphe I to industry 
i„ the promotion of longer life, increased efficiency and 
„,e!l being and of race improvement. 
Is the race in need of it? Jus. a few things that were 

I care E Sfectiv" Each seven and one-half minutes 

" Mtc^tweden and'canada were represented in person 
whU paper were read from some o.hers. Cr.me .s run- 
while papers C | a i m ed that society could be 

first and second offenses. S. J- Burger. 

Battle Creek, Mich. 



■• DEDICATING OUR CHILDREN TO THE LORD - 

Dedication of Children « w w uke 

^^'^^-ring^^vlceofwhichhe 

5 t C ihe birth clour children in our ^arts^eare^ 

, give them to God, which . no on y a I 

Cod has a right to expect ,n « «- £ *J ^ , asting 

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j ^.hilitv of bnnenng 



DALEVILLE ACADEMY SPECIAL BIBLE TERM 

Febru.ry 19-24, 1928 
Sunday, 8:00, Sermon.-Paul H. Bowman. 
Monday, 10: 5, Worship. 10:35. Sermon on .he Mount. 
-Pa" H. Bowman. 11:20, Our Biblc.-F. F. Holsopple. 
,2:05, Luncheon. 1:30. Impression and Expression "1 Re- 
ligious Edueation.-Paul H. Bowman. 7:30 P. M-, .Hus 
.rated lecture on Peace— J. M. Henry. 

Tue.d.y, 10: 15. Worship. 10:35, Sermon on the Mount 
-Pan H Bowman. 11:20, The Message of the Prophets. 
-E F Sberfy. 12:05, Luncheon. 1:30 P. M., Service 
Ideal in Religious Education-Paul H. Bowman. 7.30 
P M . illustrated lecture, Peace.-J. M. Henry. 

Wednesday. 10:15, Worship. 10:35, Sermon on the 
Mint-Paul' H. Bowman. 11 : 20 Old and New Testament 
... •• , A Dove 12:05, Luncheon. 1:30 f. «l-, 
£ p iita^el Uc-ure.-,. M. Henry 7:30 P. M The 
Teaching Program of the Chureh.-Paul H. Hc-wman. 

Thu .day, 10:15, Worship. 10:35, Sermon on the Mount. 
-Paul H Bowman. 11 : 20, Jesus and John the BapUs..- 
Rufus D. Bowman. 12:05. Luncheon 1:30 P. it. Euro- 
pean Travel Lecture.-J. M. Henry. 7:30 P. M.. Character 
and Common Sense.-Paul H. Bowman 

Friday, 10:15, Worship. 10:35, Our Welfare Work, (a) 
First D,strlct.-W. M. Shickel. (b) Southern District - 
I A Naff. 10:55, Our Ministerial Activ.ties: (a) Southern 
District.-L. A. Bowman, (b) Firs. Dis.riet.-EC. Crum- 
packer. 11:15, Our Sunday School Efforts: (a) First I s- 
rict-R. D. Boaz. (b) Southern D,s.r,ct.-J. B. Peters. 
U 35, Our Field Work.-W. M. Kahle. 11 :45, Oopor.u- 
„ ties and Responsibilities of Our Boards.-F. F. Holsopple. 



tne "cilia "■ i- _ 

relation with the chu ch ^ ^ hejrts 

the Creator. At the D.rtn oi ."c h;m 

filled will, .ratijud. U. W y Go so let us^ ^ ^ 
^::irrrXei!ng l ;a. of ourselves we are unable 
mould and shape them into usefulness 
A similar service to this was V form d . 

Kingdom of heaven. 

Canton, Ohio. ~»~ 

CHRISTIANITY AND CLOTHING 

asked. In the pas. many I avc P, . ^d ^^ 

°" ,hC T ,a :rh °L°r suit' httte may swing too far the 
too much, with tne re» N , e may say. yes. 

other way. In answer to qu "^ ^ „ ; „ his teach ing. 
Jesus did make dress an outstanding m ^ 

ohn the Baptist's appearance was descr, ^^ 

dressed in raiment of came shau- and w ^ ^ ^ g 

r^T 'dilute Houses are dressed in soft 

r t Matt. 7: 15. Jesus speaks ^^^0^ 
-:h^h^-r^^---ashee, 

(Cootinocd on PaP "> 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-February 4, 1928 



THE BIBLE >NS TI TUTE AT EL.ZABETHTOWN 
COLLEGE 

(Continued From Page 69) 

of 58.00 «o Lena Sechnst, of Eastou. Md The- address by 
Ur * B. Van Ormcr, of Jainiata College, on, Seme in 
Rogations in Christian Education," was provocative of 

m tXC« Contntittee ,s sreatly ,-- £ 
^^possibilities of C^an^ an 4 pro. £ 
,l,at issue from sueh a mee u.g, Mm i. ten a 
workers are inspired and made to see the.r ^task wrth re 
"ewed enlightenment. The loeal church, and . t « here 
and here only where the ultimate basis of CI ..st.au 
achievement li«, must surely receive new inspiration for 
achievement , of worU mlsslo „ b . 

:d rneT yu the otortunity of building the Kingdom 

o God ogether. The fullest gratitude is hereby expressed 

' Committee to all our friends of Christian e ucat.on 

Who have so generously and whole-heartedly supported tins 

noble work. H. H. Nye, Secretary of the Facu ty, 

r-,- v. .!,.„,.,„ Pa Elizabethtown College. 

Elizabcthtown, ra. 



p ,an to return to the station ^ Orij«^0« f™£ 

^ P Trd^X V rC *i girls go home 

for a week of vacation. .„.«hii,e 

We reioiee in growth and activity, ... joys and sunshine. 

and strength, and Christ is our hope. Anetta C. Mow. 
Vyara, India. 




VYARA, INDIA 

The winter season is with us again and we enjoy the 
rush of work which it brings. Immediately on returning 
home from the Bn.sar Mission Conference and the closing 
exercises of the Bible School, our n.st.lute for the Vyara 
village workers begaM. The Vyara schoolboys had bull 
two long "lines" of twenty rooms, using bamboo and 
grass so all was in readiness for the village families. 

Bro G K. Satvedi, instructor in the Bulsar Bible School 
came to help with the institute. Every night he preached 
and during the day taught classes. Bro. Blough J.vanj. 
Hirabhai and David Premchand also taught. For the 
second week, Bro. Long was with us, giving special in- 
struction from Acts on The Early Church. Sister Long 
and Anetta Mow had classes with the women. 

A number of things, both planned and unexpected, hap- 
pened during these two weeks. The wife of one of the vil- 
lage teachers died suddenly, and the burial was held on Sun- 
day morning. The little five-month-old baby was taken to 
the Baby-Fold. 

While a council meeting was in session, a runner brought 
word that a village schoolhouse had burned down and all 
of Narotumbhai's household goods with it. This caused 
not a little excitement. The Vyara church responded nobly 
to this need and gave Narotum and Divalibai, one hundred 
rupees. 

On an afternoon, a tea was enjoyed by all attending the 
institute. Counting the children, at least seventy were 
present. 

In the bungalow, one evening, we helped to enjoy Sister 
Blough's birthday, and since Bro. Blough's birthday was 
near at hand we celebrated it too. 

Misses Shickel and Stoner came from Anklesvar to make 
us a short visit. 

Two impressive services were held when our pastor, 
Jivanji Hirabhai, was advanced to the eldership, and three 
young men were given the responsibility of the deaconship. 
At the close of the institute, several were baptized and 
a love feast was held. Sixteen schoolboys, ten schoolgirls, 
and three others made the confession of faith. The com- 
munion service was quiet and orderly. Bro. Long officiated. 
Monday of the third week, saw all the village workers 
break camp and leave for home. Going back to villages to 
preach and teach and live among peoples steeped in super- 
stition and ignorance, these workers need your sincere 
prayers. 

The day following, Brother and Sister Blough took a 
tent and their hand of helpers to a village seven miles east 
from Vyara. This village is a stroMghold of idol-worship, 
and during this last year the inhabitants have renewed 
their devotion to gods and goddesses. The week of the 
"jatra" (religious fair) was on and it was an opportune 
time to reach many people with the message of truth. 
Each day services were held in the afternoon and in the 
evening. One evening, a lantern lecture was given showing 
temperance slides and the story of the Prodigal Son. It 
seems remarkable that so many people stop to crowd about 
a group of Christian workers, who play drums and sing, 
tell stories, show Bible pictures and give short sermons. 
When four hundred or more men, women, and children will 
stand for an hour to listen and look, we know that they 
must find some interest in the good news we try to give. 
During these days, we saw idol worship in its crude, 
animistic form. As in the days of the Kings, so have these 
people "built them high places, and images, and groves, 
on every high hill, and under every green tree." On the 
fairground was a dark grotto among the rocks and here 
hundreds of worshippers brought cocoanuts. These were 
broken on the rocks and the milk poured down over some 
half dozen stone goddesses. A number of chickens and 
at least one goat were offered. Every man of this village 
spent two nights outside in a field and on a mountain top, 
(and the nights were cold) in their preparation for worship 
and sacrifice on the big day of the fair. After killing the 
goat, they roasted it and had a great feast. The goddess 
gets but a tiny part of the liver 1 
Bro. Bloughs have moved camp twice since then. They 



ALABAMA 

„ n rll tan 7 with Bro. G. W. Petcher as 

° a ""' £ naif firx£T<£*%** " V T" ?t'".« 
SV'pSciS cnurcli clerk, S. E. Mlfe ^"^fafe £*,£, 
writer; Sunday-school super,,, ""^ «-<= «*«£, £„,, „„ ,„ conte. 
to hold a series oi meetings » soon a, we can gc 
Bro. Petcher is to correspond With some one v u 

- ■ . ...__■>• en pomi* south aii'i «o nnsamn «*- 
T^TSllZ'"',' Z° lo^,. Frnitd.*. A,,.. Jan. U. 
CALIFORNIA 



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„n iron, La Verne College consisting of 
Emplre.-ihe ' cnu ™V ',, ,,„„.„ Dcc , N and gave us a fine 

"" '.TWcTw., 2 AV"VrS=<l. Bro. D. R. MeFaddcn came 
program winch was areariy VV ( |a , , wo we eks. 

2*SS. , iSyM. t^r 'desire to -e wltM** %« 

, - FVE2K "pot? ffiSMU ttfrZ 

iunda ■.scT,t 1 Tad Ur c,n,rih P u.cd K»» £*>->£*« , Tin 
missionaries during the past year; ihe La. Iks »ra _o»™ :j 

ss« •»•> •>»• ">« T'd h d pr .r; r s k ' a E,u ,v r r»— ™™ 

It was unanimously decided to ask h Id J. s eommittee 

Bench to -« - ; E » « „ »"™S I, W. Butterbaugb, Mrs. 
r'.'shkiB a. A Long are our prayer meeting committee 
for Ihe coming /ear. Christmas was fittingly eelebratcd w.th a g.v- 
„g» program/ In .he various classes and ^.menl. g,i. were 

aiong the way This persona, touch ,"'^,^'"0^ Wednesday 
^Sin^'remfe'ch^m^airoJpaLent.^i the Sunday^sch^o, even 
,0 the temperance and missionary were ""resented. «™ Jor. «=. 
Teague's hir.hday was httmgl, ee chra.ed by .1 e Aid Society a , 

weca'bXe clriltma""!....;''^!^ ^ V~f~ ". 

nne ne* cuiinu moctine of the deacons C. E. Dresher was 

'"» <£&" Stums tt££ —n't ^'ihe^nuayinood 
^ k o„a e ,p end dm",iona,y program 'a. the morning preaching hour. 

mmmmmm 

23 W "pSS oration which won the trip to Holland i next August 

offered by'the Welfare Board in connection with .he Student Volunteer 
bands. Last Sunday evening a very good temperance program was 
put on by the Christian Worker s.-Gracc Hileman Miller. La Verne, 
Calif., Jan. 21. 

Oakland -Dec. 25 the Clarion Four of La Verne College gave us 
several numbers in song. We had our Christmas program a the 
eveninc service Dec. 25; it consisted of music and recitations followed 
by a White Gift offering. On Christmas Day «**"»**«£■ 
class of our Sunday-school presented a well filled basket of food to a 
needy family in our city Dec. 28 quite a targe crowd enjoyed a 
very interesting missionary program given by the deputation team 
of La Verne College. Jan. 8 Bro. Andrew Blickenstaff of McFarland 
gave us two fine sermons- We feel keenly the loss of our pastor 
and greatly appreciate visits from our neighboring ministers —Mary A 
Woody, Oakland, Calif., Jan. 20. 

Rio Lmd* church met in business session Jan. 7 with Eld. W. R 
Brubaker in charge. Church officers were elected for the coming year 
with W R. Brubaker. elder; L. P. Robertson, clerk, anil the writer. 
'« Messenger " agent and correspondent. The ministerial hoard » to 
secure an evangelist to hold meetings in the near future. Ihe letters 
of Eld. J. A. Smelt7er and family were read. The church ls greatly 
encouraged since Bro. Smeltzcr is now in Sacramento. We feel that 
he and his family will be an uplift to our church as we were greatly 
in need of ministerial help. The Smeltzers were pleasantly surprised 
with a shower of miscellaneous gifts Jan. 13. About forty were present 
to enjoy the evening. The Ladies' Aid Society just purchased new 
hymnals and presented them to the .church.— Mrs. L. P. Robertson. Kio 
Linda, Calif., Jan. IS. 

COLORADO 

Fruita church met in council Jan. 4. Bro. J. Hugh Hcekman our 

pastor for more than two years, tendered his resignation and will go 

to McPherson to join the teaching force of the college. Bro. Ira 

Frantz was unanimously voted as Bro. Heckman's successor as pastor. 

A new finance board was elected and some changes Were made in 

the educational committee. It was also decided to hold a teacher- 

training school during the month of January. Our church has an 

active young people's organization and our young people deserve much 

credit for the spirit manifested in their work, prayer meetings and 

Bible study each Wednesday evening. Quite a few of our members 

are planning to attend the Annual Conference. Fruita and First Grand 

Valley churches have had some joint meetings during the Christmas 

year season. The joy experienced in such get-together meet- 

•th while. The teacher-training school was begun 

i an average attendance during the week of thirty; 

were thirteen graduates. This school conducted by 

nembercd and the good accomplished 



widcawohe Sunday-.eho.l ^g^JEZfjriSZ 

ent; he is keeping everyone ml. e«e g^ £™f „, „„ yo u„g men 
do. During the past year he has bad sever ^ ,,„„„„„, then, 
serve as superintendent lor a mo "' n o{ tllc Sunday-school worked 
,o, .uture service. The J«>*»J ° m fgj S J„ C . Brothers tod, 
hard through the summer »"»™' o „ chti> ,„„ Day when an 
which amounted to $MM »i IIUBj ,„;„,„„ |„„d which amounted 
offering wa, also taken lor the *.u.r.i ™"™°^„ J „ ti „ B a Teacher, 
to $t3.76. Our pastor. Bro. L. K. um , evening. He 

.raining class which meets .t.tta ho>«« » Wed. ^ .__ ^ ^^ 
is also diving three recitations a «*-<- „unik are given 

"chooTwhieh"!, meeting with great response ^ ""^k. On ? Ne« 
ercdit ior this the f™"'™' J'J, °'„ e Fr u ita ehureh tor a watch 
Year's eve the joint \. T. V. met at tue debates, musical 

meeting. Alter a program »"'<" Vrc ser„d Bro. E. P.. Fisher 
numbers and two pl«y>, ™''™™™ „„,.,, „ „,ind the more serious 
and Bro. J. Hugh Heckman then calkd '» , ,, slood „ith 

things ol We. As the 'our ol „,d„ih. .m« ■ inl p,e,sive 

hghted candle while Bro. H ™ " J » „ be , „»1 light 

prayer asked that our lives hke^ tbt ■ > „ ns ee„te ourselves 

through the coming year and that »= ' E Hornb.ker. Chiton, 
anew to the Master's service.— Mrs. jennetia 

0,10 • J * n 6 FLORIDA 

■i n -", Officers were elected for 

Brooksville ehureh me. ,„ »..nc.l Dee „ ^ ^ 

the ensuing year. Bio J- «■ »J »"'„ „ d eorrespondenli Bro. 

the undersigned clerk """■gJnj.S Although lew in number, 

Je.se Puis. Sundny-school 1 TO " '" i c „„,en„da.ing a series 

the wort here ,. progress , B nicelj > „„( ,„ invitation 
,o ^wKm/rFloVid" to s'op will. u,.-M»bcl F. Smith, Brooks- 

ville Fla Jan. 12. 

, ■ the old vear's activities, our 

Senocn.-A, a fitting "™'°e"u"«a,ur ol beinc host to .be young 
church again bad .he eMreme r lea ore ol o c ^ ._ ^^ 

people's meeting oi the District ol r to ,1 a on. > « and in ^„ iaS . 

?o say .ha. ihe lour days spent '»B^ h ' r "J" ^'si.ors. The church at 
Many were the good things given «. y a mMim s uch 

,hi, place leel. grateful ».fc»J« c 8 a „ m „, and blend the 
as thi. one, where the old and tne yo « A( ^ doJe „, tht 

spiritual and social activities as u • h ul ( t) { p]ace again 

meeting « was decided that >■• ""'jO , „ „ u „ cl , with Eld. J. 

Ba., Jan. 5 IDAHO 

, , ...» ehureh at this place is moving along 
Wei.er.-The work of ihe church at iius I_ E jl„ tdi| a „d Jus 

nicely. Since .he commc * 00. _I«WJ. ; !Crmo „ s „.„ ,„„ each 

family, the progress ha. bee,, graoua materi .,i fo r deep nied,- 

Sunday morning and evening . ,.t « • . „,„ body oI member, 
tation which i, having it. effect in un.f, «l ^ ^ Yc „. j 

here and in inspiring thim to grea e greater sacrifice, a 

message was a challenge to ««^Ch™'» d ?£ ^on, fir... The 
higher degree ol loyalty, making usriji „ vc „ty; our average 

Sunday-school enrollment at W°f*- '* d I oSSiJ Day was ap- 
attendanee lor the quarter was <°<»^ tlle ehildren. On Sun- 

recognition of the temperance ca us , t t, thought emphasized 

since the eighteenth amendment was i a >P = dmcnt did not en d. the 

throughout was that the adop . .on ol tms ^ beginning 

work of the anti-liquor enthusiasts ine w f thc n 

Inn 2 was observed by the churches of Weiscr. Beca contil . ue d 

need felt by the pastors of the ^^-i^J^SJISw-t min- 
. week longer. The deep ""^"^"^te- .hings are in store 

srsiSlidTS sTf thouW:: 1 r win ^^^ bc *-!-. 

-Emma K. Miller. Weiser, Idaho. Jan. 16. 



ILLINOIS 



„ .ideed 
Jan. 16. There 
at the close there were 
Bro. Heckman will Ion 
ily be measured 



igh thc coming years, as these faithful 

Students endeavor to strengthen the ranks for the Master's service. 
On Sunday evening. Jan. 17. a joint service was conducted; the 
Methodists, Baptists and Congregationalists dismissed services to come 
and worship with us, it being the last Sunday evening of Bro. Heck- 
-"!.-,■« pastorate. The following evening a farewell supper with an 
:d the retiring pastor and family, al~- 



appropriate program Was icuucitu m> ."i".* k""<" "■■- ■- 

a hearty welcome extended to the newly elected pastor. 

Frantz, and family. At the Wednesday evening pra 

baptism was administered to six who 

membership; two were added at a previ 

Loma. Colo., Jan. 21. 

Grand Valley church has had many blessings the past year fo 
which we are very grateful to our heavenly Father. Despite thc con 
tinued cold weather our attendance ha.a P,ot decreased. We have i 



In 



ito church 
date.— Mary E. Grimes, 



,ur adults have been baptized— 

now entering on a <"-*£» ^"SbeSip enjoyed very much 
sermons, closing •«'■' "„.'. Heckman with u. recently. It 
having Brother and Sister ?«»« i ^^ mis , io „„,e. 

S ht,d 6 frec , ;iro. W tbeTwork.-Mrs y p. A. Shearer, Decatur, HI., 
^'church closed a two week.; series of meetings Dc.^ A, 
tendance and Interest were I J»^™ Is hindrances. The evangelist 
road, and the busy Cb. strnas .»- ^ ^ mct ., ings «ry 

was our pastor, Bro. U. riocne ^ strong Bible ser- 

helplul to .he "■"' 1 ' c "'" I ' acc ",° td " ai ,i„ .md was bap.i.ed. During 
mons. One young worna ace cp«d <■ dde ,. ttaM vi ,i,ed u» from 

the meet.ngs on sen ^ .ii^ru „ceplably some special 

some of our sister chur. hes , » u ' B ' „ mt chor „ 5 wlth a 

messages in song- On Sun.laj eve, u Jg, Q , he , oUowi „g 

reader gave us, Mary tl« iJOjubW ■, Daughte ^ ^ 
Sunday evening the same cnoro. B - ^ ur church wU l, 

in song. Union Thanksgiving services w ere m e meeting 

our pastor preaching the sermon. At ou 1 rtcrlv n 
in December all church «««.. were e c.ed^o r kj^ o , La „ ark 
ol. Mt. Morris is to be elder „, ch»rge. or t|)c 

who ha. served a. elder the past few years org>ni «d a 

District. The young people of the ehu h Laj[ snmm| , r 

™- - ^F^lr SS Si^g'andtstld 
have since put ma basemen, » properly furnished. This 

L Miller, Waddams Grove, 111., Jan. IV. 

N r^rr^,,tr a 'Th^ r TKsg]^/or,,u?^f£^ 

new year with Bro. Ora Moreland, super.nlendcnt.-Mrs. Sadie wmsitr, 
Washburn. Ill, Ian. 21. ^ ^ 

Springfield church met Ul conned Jam S . ChU reh O ... 

^SrX ^.sive-erentn^Kaipb C. Filbrun, Spring- 

^"l^da^cd'-the'proS',: =".£ V« ^ ^ 
toth -'Fund Wc S" .Plcnd 1 ;.! ^^.0^.0^00^.,^"°. 
offering for .hi, fund amounted to about St 0. ol. o an °^"» 
taken lor the General Mission ""'^J^,^^ r , re sides. and 

■ . .* ~ ^„<t uiprp enioved very much. In tne evening "i mi-w 
mstructivc and were «|W«w. w have a nunl ber 

a splendid program was given to a large L1 , : lltr . re3 t they 

o, fine »~.J^ 1 ^.;Vd?.r^^--^31 to hear 

-,;^n. ^^^Sswvffrsa 

and* ta-uTS SI liitW Eld Walter, Eld. A. H. t-ind presided 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 4, 1928 



77 



M 



■ ,i,..rrh to use in our worship which was granted. Our services 
' «r, well tiSTdri considering the ..ndi, to. .1 the weather and 
."",.„,„ „e ore rather handicapped hut hope ior the best- 
s Lydia Buchcr. Astoria, III., Jan. "• 



the 






idling how 



crfully the 



INDIANA 

S°»™ Present for the purpose ol hea 



13 with Eld. Frank 
Stutsman and Bro. 

the voice of the 
new minister. The 

iiised 



for the new year: Elder, 

m Bigler; "Messenger 

writer.— Sxisie E. Gather, 



is';;; to one year. Weak, elected offi 
Bro Frank Kreidcr; church clerk, Brc 
"gent. Bro. Ben ~>- V"*"' correspondent. 
''•F. to W.ynt.-Wea'r 6 e happy ,„ report that we are ate.dily gr owing. 

"are reaping some of the Cruit in the wonderful sermons *'»"**£ 
' H c has been >ijJ.B » ' ™ °L*cSu.'°C..oUe,. We re 
Righteousness »n t„ g ,_ „„ „ i „ stalin , „„e. 

)««'";* „,i , .„ intere. ting study of the Book ol Luke 
""I r ,hfdi?cc ion otTo. Bant* ThoVng people's class is having 

in December to 162 to Jan. . , j ivc I « ^^ .^ a> 

"»,,':,"* "adopted the e^^pe system oi giving which we 
Tlieve will prove a blessing to the church. We are happy o say 
believe will I pro ^ » tithing. Bro. Bagwell preached on 

we have sever. '"""«.»» > Wonderful Love for Sinners. 

Sunday lo low. g or ' >'» ^ %,£ mecli „ g , arc progressing 

" rlv hb month under the leadership of our young pcople.-Guy L. 
H.r.dcr. Ft. Wayne, Ind„ Jan. 22. 
Hu.ting.on City church as^e, >«^P'*£ ^L. brethren 

Svef 1 ^rr^.^h£9ed3m ; S| su„ ur The 

metber" bave"^ ued%c, .6 B^Wagoner of India gave a very 
members nave _ "•- d , mother-daughter banquet with 

eigmy Tu C e. pVes-.'- A, "hi. time we had an especially fine program 
cigmy gut p . speaker; she gave a splendid 

with Mrs . Cdna B. ret '« « ' > -j ,„, city h eld , ,,„„, 

,,«'."' .er", o" i„> meetings from Oct. 30 to Nov. 20. which 

id for 'the Kingdom. Dec. 14 ou, congregation 



previous to Chr. ...... 

from Sister Minerva Mctegcr of Clim 

m^hppreeS' «T $£ SS^STSSi ^^ £ 
S"oS aT. Christma. offering for the mission work in A rica. A 1 J 
during the year this department gave S5 to the General Mission Board 
a„d S to our District Board. One intere.ted sister of tins ?««•»«"'. 
who is isolated, gave $10 to the pastor', support The son I o In 11 .- 
„_ • :_ .i»„ K»^ri^ .-ii ill i lii'Diirtnifiit. 1 tic Missionary 
? ions is uppermost in the heart* 01 this ucpariii n(bnartmcnt Our 

Visitor" is being sent into ten homes of our Home Department, uur 
pastor gave an illustrated talk Sunday evening. Jar 



assess ;^ire.;.rs-f ; ,: 



MICHIGAN 



Battle C,e«k.-At oui 
Elmdalc was reelected c 
was chosen " Messenger 



of 



of M 
Jan. 8. 
Mt. Et 



the Grcat*Lcadi 



of Israel— Elsie A. Pylc, Gr, 



which we hope 
11 of Mt. Morris 



1 Christmas 



with a goodly attendance and 
nolher fine program was rendered in 
inment by the young people and clul- 
le orchestra. Sisler Mary Wike has 
:sponde,it.-Mrs. Ida M. Cu.scn, Hunt- 



turch has had another inspiring revival 
throughout the year. Bro. A. R. Coffin; 
came to u. Dec. 18, remaining until Monday even, 
the. filled the pulpit the four nights following and ... -. 
Bro J S Flory ol Napcrville. 111., arrived and continued the mt. 
tor two week. Bro. tollman surely instilled the revival spirit with 
hi, surfing message, and in spite of extremely cold weather, he was 
greeted by good crowd, at each service, which bespeaks the interest 
created. Bro. Roger, also brought very inspiring sermon. S, 
stepped out lor the Lord during the first week of the meeting, eight 
more accepted Christ after Bro. Flory arrived, making a total ol 
fourteen added to the church a, a result of the meeting; eight were 
baptized and site reclaimed We greatly appreciate Bro. Hor, . work 
while", our midst, also the work of Bro. Clarence Johnston who had 
charge of the song service. Another feature of th. ine.t.ng . tehtad 
its result, was the con.ecration and prayer service held each evening 
just previous to the song service. Baptismal service, were held the 
' ,„t Saturday afternoon ol the meeting, and that evening »>"tr-b« 
surrounded the tables in a most bleed love feast. We should like 
to add just a word about the growth oi our congregation, f.levcn 
year, ago after a period of inactivity, seven member, again took 
uo the work and at present we have a membership of U2. witli 
p'osp c, tor a steady growth, a, our church has great influence u, 
the community and there i, a vast field in which to work Our 
Ladies' Aid just completed a commendable piece ol work, that ol 
having the basement wall, of the church "finished. Each ...mty 
of the church i, moving along in fine shape.-Mrs. Clare Thomas. Mt. 
Etna. Iowa, Jan. 19. . 

Ottumwa church met in business session Dec. 6 to select new officers 
lorVhTcon.iog year. Bro. W. N. Glotlelty ol Liberiyvillc wa, chose, 
elder; Sister Bessie Clark, church clerk; Sister Katie Myer, Mes- 
senger " agent; Sister Anna Weimer, eorrcponde.t. Our church ,, 
progressing. Sue under the leadership ol Brother a.d S.slet E K 
Myers and we leel and know that the Lord has blessed our efforts 
in helping win souls lor Christ. Our children and young people gave 
a fine program and pageant at Christmas time which were enjoyed 
by a large audience.-Mrs. Anna Weimer, Ottumwa, Iowa. Jan. 20. 









held a reception lor the 
a splendid program. De, 
the way ol a Christmas e 
dren with the assistance 
been chosen "Messenger' 
iogton, Ind., Jan. 21. 

Nnppa.ee church on Jan. 22 closed a two week,' meeting 
lelistic effort. The pastor, Paul Studch.ker, preached an ahk 
each ugh. to a large audience. The music, under the direction of 
W. Anglcmeyer. added much to the Interest rj the mee mg. Alter- 
nately in the openng service, a piano reading was given Uj tiie 
musk director and a story told tor the benefit ol the children by 
Sis." Studebaker, the pastor', wife On the first eveni.g ol I tte 
meeting the pastor stated that the following Sunday won dee. c.s or. 
day for the Sunday-school pupils. The spiritual atrnosr *"« °' 'J« 
services increased as the meeting progressed. On the first Wednesday 
evening an invitation wa, given; by Friday evening the Spirit, 
nres nee seemed too abundant lo withstand, so, figuraiivcly. a flock 
„ pup Is who could not wait until Sunday, cam. forward. On Sunday 
a similar sight was seen, a.d the second week souls decided to come 
out on the Lord', side until tfiere were thirty-two. On the las. 
Sunday evening the house accommodated a capacity audience. One 
a young 1 iy of talent, r.dedicated her life. Thirty-one boy, a.d 
eirf, and men and women were baptised. Jan. 22 an informal recep- 
«m,wa,gTve„ to honor ol the pastor a.d his wile. Eld David Meteler 
a" Eld Chas. Cripe. ol our District Ministerial Board ^ were .resent 
to authorize the official acceptance of .he pastor. Talk, were give, 
by the two above named. Perry Ganger, the Sunday-school superin- 
tendent, Paul Heesta.d, teacher of one of the young people , classes, 
and the pastor and his wife. Throughout the program the evident 
theme was to rejoice in each other's labor, a, sve honor God Tin, 
church sprang from .be missionary efforts of the early worker, nl 
the Turkey Creek congregation, about forty-five years ago. In the 
talks much regard wa, expressed in behalf of the influci.ee ol Eld 
David Mctzler a.d family upon ibis church. The church has a vision 
ol a great fulure, which shall be determined by the prayers and unity 
ol the whole body oi believers here. We now number 311 members, 
the third largest church in Northern Indiana.-Amanda Blo„cr, Nap- 
pancc, Ind.. Jan. 23. 

Richmond.-Our member, met on Sunday evening before church 
time to elect officers for the Sunday-school ior the coming year. 
Mclvin Miller was chosen superintendent. It wa, decided to take 
part of the moocy left from the Sunday-school treasury last year 
and put it with the building fund. The attendance ha, been good so 
lar this winter. The sister, met Jan. IS to organize an Aid Society; 
Olive Miller is president.— Mary E. Ri.ehart. Richmond, Ind., Jan- "■ 
Salamonic church met in council Jan. 13 will, Eld. R. O. Shank 
presiding. Officers were elected with Wilbert Heastoo, church clerk. 
Two members were chosen on the finance board. We decided lo begin 
our revival meeiiogs on May 17. closing with a love feast. Bro. J. A. 
Sncll and J. O. Winger had charge of the services while our pastor. 
R. O. Shank, was holding a revival meeting at Casiiue. Ohio. On 
Christmas morning the children oi the Sunday-school gave a splendid 
program; in the evening the young people gave a cantata which was 
enjoyed by a large audience.— Wilbert Heaston. Warren. Ind., Jan. IV. 



the coming year, 
rs were also chosen 
i* president is Mae 
;en filling the place 



Des Moines Valley. — Nc 
gave us an inspiring mi: 
this time for home missi 
giving for the same purpo: 



i Bethany Bible School 



sored a 
les, and 
iful and 
Dec. 23 

:st they 
to hear 
ichcd to 
s in the 
liss him 
e telling 
council 
presided, 
ar. The 






IOWA 

20 a deputati 

anary program. An offering was taken at 
U, which with the offering lifted on lhanks- 
_e, made it over ->50. We had a large repre- 
cn people at our Thanksgiving service. Our 
pastor, Robert L. Sink, brought to our minds many things that should 
make us more grateful to our heavenly Father ior the blessings wc 
enjoy. At the December business meeting officers were elected. Bro. 
Sink was chosen elder in the fall. Bro. Geo. West was elected 
superintendent. Christmas morning a short installation service was 
held for the newly elected officers of all departments, followed by a 
program by the children. Our home department is doinn efficient 
work under the leadership of Sister Shafcr, The Aid Society is to 
be commended for their work during the past year. It is through 
their efforts that our basement has been sealed and made more 
comfortable. Sister Nora Sink was chosen president for 1928. Under 
the leadership of Sister Georgia West a name quilt was made and 
given at Christmas time to our pastor and wife, along with a sub- 
stantial gift from the church. Dec. 27 Brother and Sister Sink gave 
an oyster supper to the community. They were presented at this 
time with a gift from twelve families of the neighborhood that are 
non-members, showing the high esteem the community has for them. 
Five of our young people with their teacher attended the Young 
People's Conference at Prairie City during Christmas vacation. Bro. 
Lawrence Howard received first prize and Sister Ruth Hildreth. third 
prize for having the best essays on peace.— Earl F. Deardorff, Elkhart. 
Iowa, Jan. 21. 

splendid Christmas program Dec. 24. pre- 
le members of the Treasure Seekers' Cla« 

a very impres 
nilde 



Greene church enjoyed 
scnted by the children. ., 

of the Sunday-school gave a very impressive pageant, The Hope of 
the World. The Home BuiMcfs* Class assisted in rendering appro- 
priate music. Sunday morning. Dec. 25, the Sunday-school recor